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Apr 28, 2014

Direct Inaction: nothing much green in Hunt’s white paper

Greg Hunt's Direct Action white paper makes a bad policy even worse by ensuring there'll be no consequences for businesses lifting CO2 emissions. No wonder it came out on the eve of a holiday ...

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Remarkably, the government’s “Direct Action” climate policy appears to become even worse with the release of Environment Minister Greg Hunt’s “white paper“.

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20 thoughts on “Direct Inaction: nothing much green in Hunt’s white paper

  1. Jimmy

    What a shock – direct action is a crock and we will have to work until we are 70 to pay for it – are those who voted liberal still happy?

  2. zut alors

    Greg Hunt’s white paper on Ducked Action.

  3. linda

    so….basically a vast pork barrel. Greg Hunt. Say it slowly…….

  4. klewso

    It doesn’t stand up to direct sunlight.

  5. CML

    Surely rubbish like this has to be passed into legislation by BOTH houses of the Federal parliament?
    If that happens, then we know who NOT to vote for at the next election.
    Have we been sold a PUP?????

  6. Liamj

    It is a puzzle why the LNP bothers with a minister for the environment, they seem to manage without one for science. Perhaps its because Minister for fossil fuel industry giveaways would be too long.

    It can’t be because they think they’ll win any labor or green votes with their limp efforts. It can only be because they know that LNP voters need the pretense to quieten their consciences. Being green has become so mainstream that even the most selfish have to pretend it. But i don’t think the climate or the cancer rates are fooled.

  7. Electric Lardyland

    So; essentially it’s a rebate scheme, for those poor, unfortunate corporate polluters, who had to pay the carbon tax.

  8. PDGFD1

    Thanks Bernard… saves me from having to contract a terrible disease (itchy trigger finger) whilst reading it for myself… Oh… OK, OK.. I’ll read the blasted thing, one has to be fully informed (joke joyce).

    Linda #3… is it possible I’m starting to feel some sympathy for Mr. (silent c)Hunt? It’d be hard to clean one’s teeth each night – avoiding the face in the mirror lest one catch a glimpse of one’s credibility melting away.
    Ambition Vs Personal conviction-
    With the (lack of) example set by such well-connected Ministers as Turnbull (who would not chance losing his ministerial position by standing up for marriage equality – amongst other issues he was well-aware his electorate supported), what hope have we that a (relative) young ‘un would stand up for his convictions (his own thesis that an emissions trading scheme is one of the best ways to address climate change)?
    Nah… I still can’t come at feeling sorry for him…

    Kelwso #4… or any sunlight.

  9. AR

    I fear for the poor souls who have to pretend to implement what they know to be sheer lunacy.
    But surely that is the point – unworkable, unfixable, undoable. Hey, here’s a thought, let’s not do .. it at all. Or anything.
    Problem solved.

  10. Steve777

    This policy is clearly not intended to be implemented. Abbott and Hunt are probably hoping / intending that the policy will be blocked in the Senate so that the Government can withdraw from even the pretence of trying to tackle Carbon emissions and blame it on the Opposition and the Greens.

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