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Government suppresses debate on climate change policy



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THE HON MARK BUTLER MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE AND WATER MEMBER FOR PORT ADELAIDE

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GOVERNMENT SUPPRESSES DEBATE ON CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY

Tony Abbott is so opposed to taking sensible action on climate change he’s suppressed any debate about Australia’s climate policy in Parliament today.

On Monday, the Prime Minister introduced his carbon tax repeal bills and debate was adjourned. Today, Leader of the House Christopher Pyne provided a 90 second explanation of their position on a very complex policy area before moving to suspend standing orders, effectively gagging the Parliament of any meaningful debate on this important issue.

“Labor doesn’t support suppressing debate on such an important policy area, particularly when the international tide has changed since this Bill was last debated in Parliament,” Shadow Climate Change Minister Mark Butler said.

“Research released yesterday showed there is growing support amongst the community for strong and sensible action on climate change.

“The Government is not proposing strong or sensible action, but they are stopping Members from representing their constituents’ by debating the matter in Parliament,” Mr Butler said.

The Government’s proposal to remove the emissions trading scheme and carbon pricing mechanism and replace it with a slush fund to pay big polluters has been widely criticised by economists, climate scientists and international figures.

“Labor will support the repeal of the carbon tax, but only if there is a credible alternative, in line with the will of the majority of Australians,” Mr Butler said.

“Tony Abbott has refused to accept the need for proper debate and action on climate change and is abusing his powers in Parliament to suppress Members’ views.”

TUESDAY, 24 JUNE 2014

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