Here’s some of the recent news relating to the climate tax debate.
The Coalition has won a landslide victory in the NSW State Election, with a record 16% swing against Labor. The Coalition is likely to have 68 of the 93 seats in the state.
NSW Premier-elect Barry O’Farrell today signalled turbulent waters ahead for the Gillard government, vowing to take up the fight on the proposed carbon tax.
On the carbon tax, [NSW Premier Elect] Mr O’Farrell revealed that he felt the mood of the election campaign switched on the day Ms Gillard announced the carbon tax, undercutting NSW leader Kristina Keneally’s argument that Labor would be better able to manage cost of living pressures.
Meanwhile, in Victoria:
[Liberal] Premier Ted Baillieu says he stands by targets to cut Victoria’s greenhouse gas emissions by a fifth over the next decade, placing him under growing pressure from business and industry ahead of his first budget.
As the debate over a carbon price intensifies in Canberra, Mr Baillieu said he was committed to the policy adopted by the Coalition and Labor last year to reduce emissions by 20 per cent beyond year 2000 levels by 2020.
Mr Baillieu has asked the Commonwealth to provide further details of its carbon scheme – namely the impact on Victorian jobs, household energy bills, and compensation – so the government could work on further initiatives.
In Canberra, the battle continues:
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has called for a fresh election to test the federal government’s plan for a carbon tax.
Mr Abbott today addressed an anti-carbon tax rally outside Parliament House in Canberra, which organisers say attracted 3000 protesters.
The Liberal leader told the crowd that Prime Minister Julia Gillard did not have a mandate for the carbon tax, which the government wants to introduce on July 1, 2012.
This piece from Prime Minister Gillard appeared:
Small groups with loud voices shouldn’t be allowed to derail the action we need to take.
As the world moves to a lower carbon future, now is the right time for Australia to decide how we secure a clean energy future.
This is an important policy debate that should not be distracted by extreme views. People should have their say but their contribution should be judged by its quality, not its volume. Australia must reject the extremes of the debate, no matter from where on the political spectrum they emerge.
She also gave a speech to the Don Dunstan Foundation on the topic (it’s a bit old – March 16 – but it succinctly describes her position):
Australians of the future will look back on [opposition leader Tony] Abbott’s campaign with pity and shame. The pity and shame posterity reserves for leaders who miss the wave of history and misjudge the big calls […]
We will cut carbon pollution. We will not leave our nation stranded by history. We will not live at the expense of future generations. We will get this call right and get this job done: For our nation. For our people. For our future.