Hospitals, schools hit by carbon tax
HOSPITALS and schools in New South Wales will be hit with hefty carbon costs according treasury calculations set to be outlined in Tuesday's state budget.
The controversial fixed carbon price, which comes into force on July 1, is expected to cost NSW $948 million over the next four years.
Federal Opposition climate change spokesman Greg Hunt said the carbon bill would be about $120,000 for hospitals and $9000 for schools.
Police stations could have racked up $16 million by 2016.
Mr Hunt said the tax put further pressure on State Government's already struggling to balance the bank books.
But federal Climate Change Minister Greg Combet dismissed Mr Hunt's comments as a symptom of Opposition Leader Tony Abbott's "fear campaign" on the carbon price.
He said the carbon price projections represented less than 0.4% of the NSW budget and argued Federal Government funding contributions would ensure the tax had little impact on health and education.