Tony Abbott owes his job and political reincarnation to his crude perspective on climate change. But his policy will not serve the nation well.
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In their latest displays of breathtaking ignorance, Tony Abbott and his coterie are acting on what was once implicit: that Direct Action is a construct of a party that simply doesn’t accept the science. Meanwhile in Germany, the two biggest political parties have signed a deal to increase renewable energy targets for 2020 and 2030.
Delayed briefly by a debate over name-calling, Tony Abbott’s first order of Parliamentary business was to introduce his party’s legislation to repeal the carbon tax. But what do Australia’s business leaders think about it all?
After years building one of the world’s most sophisticated carbon pricing packages, the Labor Party is reportedly ready to abandon it. Those who have watched the Labor Right in action will not be surprised if this comes to pass. Here are some reasons why this may come to pass, and some why it won’t.
There’s a reason we have a price on carbon. Repealing it may save taxpayers a little money, but it will cause long-term problems.
Government declares it won’t extend the carbon tax beyond June 30, even if the Senate does not pass the repeal legislation by then. Another (unstated) message: don’t hold your breath for the double dissolution Tony Abbott has threatened.
New Labor leader Bill Shorten’s support for carbon pricing is actually a deft assault on Tony Abbott’s weak spot, his hard right flank. International pressure for market-based climate solutions is mounting, and Australia’s credibility hangs in the balance.
Tony Abbott might have pledged in blood to repeal the carbon price, but what’s likely to happen once the obstacles are clear? Here are four scenarios.