Tony Abbott comes good and slams Kevin Rudd’s conversion to an ETS.
The Government has confirmed it wants to move from a fixed carbon price of $24.15 a tonne to a floating price of about $6 by July 2014, a year earlier than planned.
It is a political fix designed to neutralise the poisonous carbon tax issue, but it has created a new budget problem and sparked a war of words.
Today Mr Abbott was asked to explain why he objects to the Government’s scheme, when the Coalition has previously backed the idea of a market-led solution to greenhouse gas emissions.
“This is not a true market. Just ask yourself what an emissions trading scheme is all about,” he told reporters.
“It’s a so-called market in the non-delivery of an invisible substance to no-one.
“Ever since Copenhagen, it’s been absolutely obvious that the world is not moving towards taxes – whether they’re fixed taxes or floating taxes.
“The world is moving towards the kind of direct action measures to improve the environment which the Coalition has long championed.”
Labor have attacked Abbott:
Finance Minister Penny Wong has mocked Mr Abbott’s comments, saying they show he is not fit to lead the country.
“Just pause for a minute and imagine Tony Abbott at an international meeting talking to Barak Obama and David Cameron, both of whom believe in action on climate change, and telling them that ‘look this this is just about the non-delivery of an invisible substance to no-one’,” she said.
“This is an absolute joke and confirms yet again that Tony Abbott is simply not up being the leader of the nation.
“A man who thinks that climate change is, in his words, absolute crap, is now mocking the very design that John Howard himself put forward to deal with climate change.”
Actually I think Tony Abbott would be the only man with an integrity for plainly stating just exactly what sort of horseshit and mumbo-jumbo this climate change and ETS jack-up is all about.