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Rudd acts indecisively on climate change.

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Warren Truss Leader of The Nationals Shadow Minister for Trade, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Federal Member for Wide Bay


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5 March 2009

Rudd acts indecisively on climate change

The revelation today by the Prime Minister that his proposed emissions trading scheme will be delayed by at least six months is a welcome acceptance of reality, but also confirmation that Labor does not know what it doing or how to get out of the mess that it has created.

“Yesterday we saw the collapse of Federal Labor’s economic credibility,” said the Leader of The Nationals, Warren Truss. “Today we saw the collapse of Labor’s political credibility.

“Mr Rudd has such a belief in the ETS and dealing with climate change - which he once referred to as ‘the great moral challenge of our time’ - that he is delaying the introduction of his ETS until after the next election.

“It is also an obvious political ploy to help Labor Premier Anna Bligh in this month’s Queensland election.

“Mr Rudd has said today that the ETS was ‘not proposed to be introduced until the end of 2010’. He obviously didn’t tell his Climate Change Minister, Penny Wong, who as recently as last Friday was standing by the timetable of a July 1 start date.

“Senator Wong’s department has also been telling interested parties in writing that July 1, 2010 was the critical date. If we can’t trust Labor on something as basic as this, can it be trusted on anything?

“This is a pathetic example of political cowardice. Labor should acknowledge that its ‘go it alone’ ETS is fatally flawed and its approach to climate change needs to be rebuilt from the bottom up.

“Mr Rudd obviously is hoping to skate through the next election and then come back with the same old ETS which no-one outside the Cabinet room thinks is a good idea. Well, the Australian people will not wear that sort of breath-taking hypocrisy.

“The flip flopping on the ETS in recent times shows just what an empty core this Government has.

“Mr Rudd reminds me of Dr Doolittle’s pushme-pullya - he speaks in riddles and has no idea which direction is forward,” Mr Truss said.