Tony Abbott released the Coalition’s new climate change policy yesterday, a $3.2 billion plan centering around an “Emissions Reduction Fund” that will allow businesses to sell emissions cuts they make to the government.
Meanwhile, the pundits in the Australian media have descended like vultures this morning to tear into it.
Editorial, Abbott’s cautious alternative
In the short term, the Coalition’s policy offers a local approach that makes sense at a time when the global consensus on concerted action is missing.
Dennis Shanahan, Opposition scare campaign on ETS
Tony Abbott’s climate change political campaign is based on cost and Kevin Rudd’s is built on belief. The Leader of the Opposition has turned Coalition policy on its head and is going to run a scare campaign on rising costs for energy and food.
Lenore Taylor, Initiative is about votes, not carbon
Rudd might be proposing a great big tax. Abbott’s plan puts a great big hole in the budget.
Malcolm Farr, Abbott’s acid test is selling his policy
Voters want action on the issue, but they want a strategy they can understand. Labor purists might snigger at tree planting being centre stage but as a project it is more familiar than the intricacies of carbon trading.
The opposition’s climate change policy, pitched as an alternative to Labor’s emissions trading scheme, is good politics but bad policy.
Michelle Grattan, Abbott simply looking to election
As Kevin Rudd keeps saying, not so long ago Abbott was talking of the argument as ”absolute crap”. So he is looking neither to the long term nor (realistically) to the possibility of producing a policy to do more than the bare minimum 5 per cent cut in emissions by 2020.
Adam Morton, Coalition foggy on tackling emissions
This is smoke and mirrors stuff. Some of what the opposition proposes makes sense … But cash hand-outs are the side dish in a coherent climate policy, not the full meal.
Sydney Morning Herald
Ben Cubby, Coalition paints itself into a corner
Tony Abbott’s climate policy is little more than a shield designed to protect Australia’s coal, aluminium and cement industries from change.
Peter Hartcher, Leader needs to be careful that the fig leaf doesn’t blow away
Abbott produced a climate change policy to give him some green colouring, but it’s designed to cover his policy nakedness rather than decisively cut Australian greenhouse gas emissions.
The West Australian
Andrew Probyn, Liberals’ ‘direct action’ policy is suspect
There’s no stick there, nor is there much carrot for heavy polluters to change their ways.
Alan Kohler, Business Spectator, Abbott’s great big axe
Tony Abbott and Greg Hunt have actually come up with a clever climate change policy, and certainly one that will change the debate in Australia.
Ben Eltham, New Matilda, Have the Libs lost faith in the market?
At the heart of the Coalition’s long awaited climate change policy is a belief that polluting the atmosphere should be free of charge