CHARITIES will be forced to cut back essential services for needy families as the carbon tax adds millions of dollars to operating costs.
In the latest challenge to the Gillard government’s carbon tax, the Salvation Army estimated it would add $3.5 million to the annual landfill costs for charitable organisations.
The Salvation Army says it is bracing for an avalanche of useless household goods, dumped by people unwilling to pay higher rubbish tip fees as a result of the carbon tax.
In a confidential briefing note, it labelled the carbon tax “unjust and unfair” and said it would lead to “more dumping from a price-sensitive public”.
Federal Finance Minister Penny Wong has assured charities that government assistance will be available to help them deal with the impact of a carbon tax which comes into effect from July 1.
“We have put in place a fund for charities to help them with the transition to the carbon price,” she told ABC Radio today.
Opposition climate change spokesman Greg Hunt said it was absurd that programs such as support for victims of domestic violence and the homeless could be at risk.
“This hit on charities shows the stupidity of this carbon tax and exposes it as a policy failure,” he said in a statement.