Grab the popcorn and reserve a front row seat for the political punch-up of the year. The Greens and Labor will go head-to-head over the pointless carbon price, with the miners and the opposition throwing punches from outside the ring. Priceless!
JULIA Gillard and the Greens are on a collision course over the assistance levels for big greenhouse gas emitters in the government’s proposed new carbon pricing regime, as mine companies prepare to combat suggestions Australia is a “laggard” in international efforts to combat climate change.
The Prime Minister pledged not to throw out the “good work” on transitional arrangements for big polluters that was part of Kevin Rudd’s emissions package, but Greens deputy leader Christine Milne warned they would “not pass muster” if the multi-party climate change committee was focused on getting the best result.
The clash came as The Australian learned that resources companies were gearing up to fight what they called “exaggerated claims” about international efforts to combat climate emissions. Fresh from demolishing Mr Rudd’s prime ministership over the mining profits tax, the resources industry is preparing to oppose any carbon pricing scheme seen to be “out in front” of climate change efforts by the nation’s competitors. A briefing to mining executives prepared by the Minerals Council of Australia, obtained by The Australian, warns: “We need to be alert to exaggerated claims about the efforts under way in both developed and developing nations.” (source)
Seconds out, round one. Ding, ding.