Caught in report crossfire
Story Added : 24th May 2011
“The facts and figures in this report certainly bear study, but what they confirm is that climate change is real. Our planet is warming and that has huge effects for the Australian economy in the future and for our environment and for the lifestyle that we want to have,” Ms Gillard said.
“All of the information in this report about the impacts of climate change about how climate change is real and it’s making a difference to Australia and Australians strengthens my determination to make sure we price carbon. We have to price carbon to cut carbon pollution.”
Opposition leader Tony Abbott hit back, saying a carbon tax wouldn’t clean up the environment, but clean out the wallets of hard working Australians.
“Now, the argument here is not about climate change, the argument here is about how to deal with it. The Climate Commission report says that direct action is a rapid way of reducing emissions,” Mr Abbott said.
“There is no evidence whatsoever that a tax will reduce emissions, but there’s abundant evidence that it will hit jobs and hit cost of living.”
The Australian Greens propose that the Federal Government introduce a $20/tonne carbon tax as a two year interim measure while an emissions trading scheme can be agreed upon.