Tony Abbott talks about the ETS, are you listening John?


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.


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  • Macca

    Just watch the left and our own media go absolutely feral on Abbott for these statements and then it may be a bit clearer as to why JK is happy to just go with the flow and not rock the boat! H
    Hell hath no furry like that of the left upon a non believer!

  • nudgy

    ETS now is a tax that the Nats can’t afford to give up. They need every last bit to sustain the welfare bludge. They will therefore continue to insult our intelligence out of fiscal necessity

  • cows4me

    The fucken left are retarded beyond belief. How can this stupid government fix a price of $24 a tonne of Carbon when the market now only has carbon worth about $2 a tonne. The whole thing is a fucking con of epic proportions foisted upon the people, governed by politicians that only know how to tax. As for Cameron and Obummer, oh fucking please, these clowns aren’t fit to lead a circus.

    • Magoo

      Nicely said.

    • rgraham

      NZers are now buying carbon credits for $NZ0.17, so pre-1990 forests can now be removed at no cost since the carbon credit obligations are now effectively $0. So the NZ ETS is now enabling the removal of forests in NZ ie. deforestation. This is good news of course for landowners who want to use their land for other purposes, but not so for people who’ve planted trees in NZ to gain carbon credits, never mind the Maori got 30,000 ha of public land for nothing but their vote for the ETS. Remember that ?

    • Phil T Tipp

      Absolutely. Shower of terrible cunts.

      A tax, is a tax, is a tax. No fucking disguising it. A sham tax is no different. Utter cunts.

    • Greg Davis

      Too true! Clowns, evil Clowns.

  • Magoo

    The left can call him what they like, but the average Aussie voter knows that AGW is complete rubbish, takes offense at having to pay for it, and will vote accordingly. Gillard’s lies about ‘no carbon tax’ treated the entire nation like a pack of fools which is why she’s a goner. Abbott will romp home in the election, and John Key will use Abbott’s stance on AGW as grounds to abolish our ETS also.

    • sheppy

      Let’s hope so!

    • cows4me

      Would like to think you are right Magoo but in Australia’s case it’s easier to dump something before it’s introduced. We on the other hand will continued to be shafted by our overloads. The ETS like all taxes are like cocaine to these pricks and they are hooked big time.

  • philbest

    Tony Abbott is an example of the general principle that the bigger the threat someone is to the Left, the more vicious their attacking of him. Even some “token right wing” and “centre right” forums go along with the smearing so as to avoid the association, so successful have the Left been. I admire WhaleOil for standing by Tony Abbott. He is one of the few politicians in the world who is a genuine “culture warrior”.

  • Never in the dark…..

    It seems that Penny “Sum Ting” Wong has also been sharing Nic Smiths cool aid…..

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Wait until Norman assumes power in 2014. The taxes he will unleash will make you beg for mercy….ETS will look like a walk in the park at that time….

  • Greg Davis

    How fucking wrong does Wong wanna be????? Bitch.