With the government determined to leave us with this toxic tax (that we don’t want) long after they’re gone, confining it to the pages of history seems rather tricky. It is reassuring to see the opposition equally determined to abolish it when they take power.
FEDERAL Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is confident a Coalition government can scrap the carbon pricing scheme, saying seizing carbon emission permits from business need not cost billions in compensation.
Mr Abbott has vowed to scrap Labor’s scheme, which is due to be passed by Parliament in November with the support of the Greens, if he is elected to government at the next election.
Labor and the Greens say dismantling it would cost billions of dollars to compensate businesses for emissions permits they’d purchased, because it would deprive them of an asset and breach the constitution.
But Mr Abbott said today that while the Government had been “very sneaky” in structuring the complicated scheme, he believed there were ways to take it apart.
“During the fixed-price phase of the carbon tax (from 2012 to 2015) I think we can close it down, and we will close it down without incurring the billions in liabilities that the (government) is talking about,” Mr Abbott told Macquarie Radio.
And some common sense from our politicians in the debate over the science.
Former scientist Dennis Jensen, a Liberal MP, told Parliament the planet was not warming and it was wrong for the Government to use a “benign scientific theory” as a basis to legislate for a carbon tax.
“To put it simply, the carbon tax with all its regulatory machinations is built on quicksand,” Dr Jensen said.
“Take away the dodgy science and the need for a carbon tax becomes void.”
How many labor and greens (and liberal to a lesser extent) MPs know that the global temperature has been relatively stagnant for the last decade? Obviously not Tony Windsor.
Independent MP Tony Windsor, whose vote will be vital to passing the legislation, said he was disappointed with the Parliament’s “short-term knuckle-dragging nature”.
“I don’t want to be placed in a situation where people look back in 100 years and say, ‘These people were warned about this. Why didn’t they do something?'” Mr Windsor said.
Gillard hits out at some inconvenient figures.
Meanwhile, modelling prepared for the Victorian Government showed a carbon tax would strip $1050 from individual incomes and $660 million out of Victoria’s budget by 2015.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard told Parliament the modelling was flawed.
“The estimates of the economic impacts are right out of the ballpark – at least four times higher than other modelling shows,” Ms Gillard said.
When it doesn’t suit her, the modelling must be flawed. When it does however, that is a different story.