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Howard fails to rule out carbon target for Australia.



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WAYNE SWAN MP Federal Labor Shadow Treasurer

HOWARD FAILS TO RULE OUT CARBON TARGET FOR AUSTRALIA

In Question Time today the Prime Minister refused to rule out setting a carbon target for Australia.

Mr Howard has spent two days attacking Federal Labor for setting a carbon target for Australia.

Labor has set a target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 60 per cent by 2050.

But under questioning in Federal Parliament the Prime Minister refused to rule out his Government doing the exactly the same thing.

To attack the Labor Party for committing to a target and then refuse to rule out doing exactly the same thing is political cynicism and posturing at its worst.

This is about John Howard and the upcoming Federal election.

The Howard Government wants to have an each way bet on climate change - maintain their scepticism but project the appearance of a readiness to act.

Federal Labor has a raft of policies to take immediate action on climate change to protect Australian jobs and the Australian economy.

A Rudd Labor Government will:

• Ratify the Kyoto Protocol; • Cut Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by 60 per cent by 2050; • Set up a national emission trading scheme; • Fund a $500 million national clean coal fund; • Establish a $500 million “Green Car Innovation Fund”. • Double the funding for rebates to install solar panels in Australian homes. • Substantially increasing the mandatory renewable energy target; and • Convening a National Climate Change Summit.

If Mr Howard is determined to argue against every single one of these positive climate change policies, he should have the integrity to rule out doing exactly the same thing.

29 March 2007 Contact: Matthew Coghlan 0415 098050