The Greens Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) plan announced today carries all the sticks of Labor’s plan and none of the carrots, according to The Nationals’ Senator Ron Boswell.
“This scheme, in a similar way to Labor’s ETS, amounts to being just a huge tax on industry but without the compensation,” Senator Boswell said.
“The failure of Copenhagen means that the world’s highest emitters, who are our competitors, are doing nothing. If we brought in any scheme now it would be detriment of Australian industry.”
“Why are we even considering going down this path when Copenhagen revealed the world could not agree on greenhouse reduction measures.”
“Surely, the game is up on the ETS debate in Australia when the world has now officially agreed to do nothing.”
“What the Greens have suggested is that $5 Billion be added to the cost to Australian industry without any compensatory measures while the rest of the world sits back and does nothing.”
“The Greens proposal would come at the cost of Australian blue collar workers jobs, in a similar way to Labor’s friendless ETS.”
“If Australia imposed a tax on industry that our competitors are not paying by July 2010, as the Greens have suggested, the consequences would be that our industries will lose their markets and our blue collar workers will lose their jobs.”
“If the Labor party entertained the idea of supporting this scheme they would again be letting down the blue collar workers of this country.”
“The Greens plan, if implemented, will hurt the Australian economy and there will be no reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions.”
“I look forward to the Coalition’s response to how Australia will reduce emissions. I am confident that the Coalition policy will consider the natural environment, but also Australia’s job environment.”