Labor/Green climate talks in trouble

Falling out?

“Now, this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” The more trouble these negotiations find themselves in, the better for Australia. It was always inevitable that the extreme demands of the Greens to shut down Australia’s economy would clash with Gillard’s desire to keep the core Labor vote. And now the cracks are beginning to surface. We can only hope that the gap between them eventually becomes too great to bridge.

As the ABC reports:

A meeting today between the Government and the Greens on climate change has broken up quickly amid reports of serious disagreement between the two parties.

It is understood the Greens are unhappy with the Government’s preferred deal on industry compensation, including substantial assistance to coal miners.

Other sticking points include compensation to coal-fired electricity generators and the emissions target when the carbon tax moves to an emissions trading scheme.

An informed source has told ABC News Online “the temperature of the negotiations has been pretty high lately”.

The source said the Government appeared unwilling to budge from its position.

Neither side is willing to comment publicly, but Greens leader Bob Brown issued a terse statement saying he and his deputy Christine Milne met Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Treasurer Wayne Swan and Climate Change Minister Greg Combet.

Senator Brown said more discussions are expected on the weekend, however a spokesman for the Prime Minister would not confirm that.

The two independent members of the multi-party committee, Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott, have returned to their electorates and may be unavailable for quickly convened weekend talks.

Meanwhile, Mr Windsor has renewed his attack on the Government’s planned $12 million carbon price advertising campaign, describing it as “presumptuous”. (source)

We can only wait, and hope.


  1. I need more popcorn

  2. Baldrick says:

    The Greens want more – but Labor, seeing their prospects at the next election dwindling before them and the possibility of spending an eternity in the political wilderness, are trying to lighten the load on the already over taxed Australian public. The Greens of course will get their way because no matter what Julia or Wayne think – the Australian Government is being run by Bob and Christine – they’re calling the shots.
    The ultimate losers out of all this in-fighting will of course be the Australian public who will still have to pay the carbon dioxide tax. The Greens will be the ultimate cancer on the Australian economy for many years to come.

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