The peak industry body wants the carbon tax repealed and is keen to work with the Abbott government on implementing its 'direct action' policy.
The carbon tax has caused a 6-10% rise in power bills and eroded printers' margins, said Bill Healey, chief executive of the Printing Industries Association of Australia (PIAA).
Healey told ProPrint that the PIAA supported the repeal of the carbon tax, along with other industry groups.
"Given the nature of margins at the moment, anything that is going to reduce production costs is going to be attractive," he said.
The Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Australian Industry Group, Business Council of Australia and the Minerals Council of Australia released a joint statement last week calling for the repeal of the carbon tax.
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"For small business especially, the tax has been a headache that has reduced profitability and, like it does for consumers, makes balancing the books each month much harder," they said.
Healey said printers were "frustrated" by the carbon tax – some because they didn't believe it was the best way to deal with climate change and others because they were sceptical about climate change.
He also said they had struggled to pass on carbon tax-related price increases to their customers.
"That's part of the problem. Given the market at the moment, it's very, very hard to pass on anything."
Healey said the PIAA wanted to work with the Federal government to find a mutually beneficial way to implement its direct action policy within the printing industry.
"We're not as cynical about the direct action policy as a lot of community groups are," he said.
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"There's evidence to show that through a structured approach you can work with businesses to reduce their energy usage."
Meanwhile, Healey said the change of government had helped spur a rise in business confidence since the election, although not as much as some may have expected.
"I think things are still tough. Certainly, people are starting to see some green shoots in the last month or so," he told ProPrint.
"Historically, there's always a decline in business activity leading up to an election. I would argue given the uncertainty that existed in the hung parliament, perhaps that decline lasted for a longer period of time."
Roy Morgan Research's monthly business confidence survey reported that confidence in October 2013 was at its highest level since the survey began in December 2010.
"Business confidence in October reflects both business approval for the change in government and a more general improvement in business performance," according to Roy Morgan Research.
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