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Abbott's absurdities exposed - bulletin no. 26

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THE HON GREG COMBET AM MP Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Minister for Industry and Innovation


GC 203/12 13 July 2012


Two weeks after the carbon price came into effect, Tony Abbott is running away from his phony “blood oath” pledge of challenging this important economic and environmental reform.

On July 14 last year, Mr Abbott declared: “I will be campaigning against this toxic tax every day until the next election.” (4BC - 14 JULY 2011)

Heading to the United States and China will not prevent Mr Abbott from being held to account for misleading Australian families, workers and small businesses about the impact of a carbon price.

While he is visiting the US and China he will discover his claims that Australia is acting alone in pricing carbon are also wrong.

As the US Ambassador to Australia Jeffrey Bleich has said: “California just passed a cap and trade system which applies to every industry and that is even more comprehensive than the one that is being presented here.” (SKY PM AGENDA - 19 OCTOBER 2011)

Another nine US States also have a regional cap and trade carbon pricing system in place.

When he moves on to Beijing, Mr Abbott could discuss the pilot emissions trading scheme which that city is developing. Beijing is one of seven Chinese cities and provinces covering a combined population of over 200 million people which are developing emissions trading schemes.

In November last year Mr Abbott also slipped out of the country the night before the Senate was due to vote on the carbon pricing legislation. During his trip to Britain back then, he would have discovered that the country is part of the European Union emissions trading scheme.

The fact is that 88 per cent of the world’s advanced economies have or are developing emissions trading at a national or sub-national level. By next year, more than 850 million people will live in a region where big polluters have to pay for their pollution.

Tony Abbott can run, but he can’t avoid being held to account for misleading the public on carbon pricing.

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