Environment

Jan 24, 2013

Will Abbott’s axe really kill carbon trading in Australia?

Tony Abbott is likely to rescind the current cap-and-trade legislation if he wins the next election, but it's easy to see the potential for a new carbon pricing scheme to develop out of the stump his axe created.

Julia Gillard claimed yesterday that she felt the Coalition would back away from its promise to rescind the carbon tax, telling ABC Radio:

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19 thoughts on “Will Abbott’s axe really kill carbon trading in Australia?

  1. Mike Flanagan

    And what cred would Hunt’s twitter have?
    This is a man that garnered university credits for his treatise promoting a cap and trade program to assist in the mitigation of our CO2e emmissions and then follows Bernadi’s mantra that Abbott finds necessary to embrace, to shore up his leadership.
    They are all peas in one pod that are determined to gain the treasury benches on the most opaque of platforms including their Climate Policy.
    We can only be morons some of the time, but for your article Tristan we would extend that period through yet another election cycle.

  2. Gavin Moodie

    Wouldn’t an Abbott Government have to get the support of the Senate to repeal the the current cap-and-trade legislation? How likely is that?

  3. Merve

    “But it is entirely feasible to implement and also imminently sensible if the Coalition is genuinely serious about achieving the 2020 emission targets.”

    Well, there is your first mistake.

  4. Simon Mansfield

    What could they do via Ministerial directives and the like ahead of actual legislation. Abbott will have little choice but to make an attempt to wind back the ETS/Carbon Tax – lest he look like …just another politican… Moreover if the LNP win in a landslide they’ll be itching for a DD to sweep the Greens out and take control of both Houses.

  5. klewso

    Hunt’s “commitment”?
    I seem to recall Abbott, Hunt’s present leader (then as Howard’s “Non-Core Promises Party” government’s Health Minister), giving some “absolutely rock solid, ironclad commitment” to Health and Medicare safety nets, just before the 2004 election?

  6. Steve777

    Of course any effective action on global warming on the part of the Australian government will cease should the Coalition win in 2013. Expect the Coalition to quietly drop their commitment to the 5% emission target. Expect so-called ‘Direct Action’ to be quietly dropped, except to the extent that it could provide a slush fund for spending in marginal electorates. Why spend billions for a problem that most of them don’t believe exists. Just as ‘liberals’ in the so-called ‘Liberal’ party have to bite their tongue if they want career advancement, so will those who believe that global warming is a problem. And should a Labor Oppostion and the Greens in the Senate respect the Coaltion’s mandate to kill off Carbon Pricing? Well, as much as the Coaltion respects anyone else’s mandate, i.e. not at all.

  7. Simon Mansfield

    Steve – the irony is that the only way to do anything about climate change is “direct action” – as the latest CPI shows – the carbon tax has had no impact on the inflation rate – so therefore it’s had no impact on the pricing signal and no one has modified their behaviour as a result.

    As James Hansen says – the only way to reduce the CO2 from apx 400 ppm to 350 ppm is planting trees and soil sequestration – with a little help from thorium reactors.

    The other choice is the cliff with a little help from a Lemmings or two … But yer Hunt’s a tool.

  8. Malcolm Street

    Steve 777 – exactly.

    Simon – let ’em call a DD and halve the quota needed in the
    Senate – more Greens not less! Re. thorium reactors, the idea has been around for years and I haven’t seen one yet. Ask the Finns and French how their new generation (yet far more conservative) reactor construction projects are going.

  9. Simon Mansfield

    Mal – read some Hansen.

  10. Patriot

    “Uh, there will be a carbon tax under the government Tony Abbott leads.”

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