Friday, July 27th, 2012 - The Hon Greg Combet AM MP Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency
Tony Abbott's return to Australia has seen the Coalition's desperate carbon price scare campaign reach new lows.

Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey took to Twitter this morning to falsely link the Caltex announcement about the Kurnell refinery to the carbon price.

Caltex has made clear that the carbon price "had no material impact on our Kurnell refinery closure decision" (Caltex Media Release 26 July 2012).

Caltex has made a commercial decision based on a review of its operations, citing competitive pressures from global mega-refineries and the age and small capacity of the Kurnell plant.

Mr Hockey was again intentionally misleading the Australian public about the carbon price as part of the Coalition's deceitful scare campaign.

Mr Abbott should apologise to Caltex workers for taking advantage of their anxiety to score political points.

The Gillard Government, unlike the Opposition, support workers which is why we are working to ensure high quality services are available to the Caltex workers affected by today's announcement.

Any workers made redundant from Caltex will be eligible for employment support with a Job Services Australia provider based on their level of need and personal circumstances.

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Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey took to Twitter this morning to falsely link the Caltex announcement about the Kurnell refinery to the carbon price.

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