Nissan attacks carbon tax
THE car maker Nissan has taken a swipe at the federal government's carbon tax plan, saying it threatens the viability of the last of its Australian manufacturing operations.
The Japanese company yesterday announced a $4 million expansion of its Dandenong casting plant, which has diversified to make add-ons such as towbars and nudge bars that it used to import from Asia, but said the business could close if the tax was introduced.
''A so-called carbon tax, looming as a hurdle to Australian manufacturing, won't help,'' Nissan Australia's chief executive, Dan Thompson, said yesterday.
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''Our business plan figures are finely balanced and based on a predictable, and measured, business environment.
''What might change, and what we do not welcome, is the prospect of rapidly inflating resources costs, which will drive up costs and have the effect of limiting or stalling growth at this facility.''