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Coalition debate cloaked in desperation

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


GC 211/12 18 July 2012


In an act of panicked desperation, the Coalition has injected more hot air into their deflating scare campaign on carbon pricing.

The Coalition’s hyperbole has slithered from cobras and pythons to despicable and inflammatory references about death sentences for grandchildren.

The shadow environment spokesperson’s comments on Radio 2GB this morning were disgraceful.

Mr Hunt would have you believe that it is acceptable to drain the Budget and force taxpayers to fund ineffective payments to polluters. Analysis of his alternative plan shows it would be funded entirely on the Budget and cost at least $48 billion by 2020.

The future for young Australians under a Labor Government is prosperous:

• growth in gross national income by more than $30,000 per person in real terms by 2050;

• by 2050 a reduction by two thirds of emissions intensity of the economy per unit of GDP;

• transition to cleaner sources of power, resulting in emissions reductions from the electricity sector by 76 per cent in 2050 from what they would be without a carbon price;

• the removal of over 17 billion tonnes of carbon pollution from the atmosphere between now and 2050.

Young Australians know that we are in the critical decade for action on climate change and the Coalition’s rhetoric is driven by Tony Abbott’s political interests, rather than the national interest.

A carbon price is the cheapest and most efficient means of tackling climate change. The Coalition knows it would be irresponsible and reckless to repeal the price on carbon in our economy, and they won’t.

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