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.

Carbon price deal "months away"

Finally, some half-good news:

The Federal Government has indicated that it will be months before a deal on carbon pricing is reached.

The Government’s multi-party climate change committee, which is chaired by Prime Minister Julia Gillard and includes the Greens and independent MPs, held its fourth meeting in Canberra this morning.

Ms Gillard and Climate Change Minister Greg Combet were widely expected to unveil their preferred model after the meeting.

But the committee says no final decisions have been taken on how to price carbon or what assistance will be offered to industry and taxpayers.

It says the final design of the carbon price will only be decided when all the elements of the policy can be considered together, and that should happen in the coming months. (source)

What the heck does that mean? Who cares, anyway – the longer the better. Personally, I suggest starting in about 2200, when the permafrost has melted, and we’re all breathing 100% methane.

Run for the hills! Oakeshott's on the climate committee!


Who could be better suited to a blinkered, imbecilic climate committee than a blinkered, imbecilic independent? Drum Roll please: Rob “I’ll be in even if I fall in” Oakeshott is the latest member (after he failed to make the grade for speaker and couldn’t think of any better way to stay in the political limelight). Rob’s interminable speeches will mean another load of unwanted gaseous emissions the committee will have to tackle. And another reason why the Opposition should avoid it like the plague.

Read it here.

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