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Hunt backflips on international permits



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

HUNT BACKFLIPS ON INTERNATIONAL PERMITS

In an embarrassing backflip, Greg Hunt has finally realised what the rest of us have known for years - their Direct Action Plan won’t work.

He has consistently refused to include international permits in the Liberal’s climate change policy:

QUESTION: International permits, will you seek to buy from overseas?

GREG HUNT: I can give you a very brief answer. Our five per cent target is to be achieved entirely within Australia, no taxpayers' funds would be spent overseas under the policy we announced. Doorstop - 11 July 2011

He confirmed this when the Government announced their knee-high emissions reduction targets:

QUESTION: If using international permits would halve the economic cost, why not allow them? GREG HUNT: …. We're able to achieve these reductions as they stand without doing that.

Press Conference - 11 August 2015

And he continued to insist this after Malcolm Turnbull rolled Tony Abbott as Prime Minister.

DAVID SPEERS: We'll look into that. One thing the Abbott Government refused to do was buy international permits to reduce emissions. Is that something that might come on the table now? GREG HUNT: Again, no change in policy …..

Sky News - 21 September 2015

Now in a further bid to avoid a robust policy framework that will drive a transition to a low carbon economy Greg Hunt has caved on his commitment not to use international permits.

Mr Hunt has now said he will likely allow the purchase of international carbon credits:

‘‘We have to set in place a mechanism to allow us [to reach new targets], in particular to look at the question of international units and I expect we probably will take on board international units and that will give us the flexibility as we head into 2020 to repledge if needed,’’ Greg Hunt, AFR, 15 December 2015.

In the absence of any meaningful policy, Mr Hunt is just reaching into his Direct Action slush fund, of taxpayers’ money, and trying to buy his way out of the embarrassing position Australia finds itself in.

Mr Hunt has held so many positions on climate change, he must now be dizzy.

Australia’s emissions won’t fall under the Liberals’ Direct Action plan, they will rise.

Instead of investing in renewable energy and building a robust market mechanism to cut emissions at home, the Liberals have cut investment in renewables and shunned any meaningful transition policies.

Right now is the time to be strong, decisive and brave, but the climate sceptics in the Liberals have Malcolm Turnbull locked into a deal that won’t let that happen.

Malcolm Turnbull put it best when he described Direct Action as an environmental figleaf to cover a determination to do nothing.

The figleaf just keeps getting bigger.

TUESDAY, 15 DECEMBER 2015

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