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Abbott to retract carbon tax calls

Abbott to retract carbon tax calls- Swan

Updated: 12:19, Sunday August 26, 2012

Abbott to retract carbon tax calls- Swan

Federal Labor MPs have seized on comments by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott that the impact of carbon tax has not been catastrophic.

Mr Abbott admitted at the Tasmanian state council of the Liberal party on Saturday the immediate effect of the tax had been less than that of a ‘wrecking ball’.

‘Yes, the initial impact of the carbon tax may not be absolutely catastrophic,’ he told the council conference.

But Mr Abbott was still blaming the tax for BHP Billiton’s decision to shelve its Olympic Dam mine, despite the company refusing to blame taxes.

Trade Minister Craig Emerson said the lived experience of the carbon price was vastly different to the ‘terrible prophecies of Mr Abbott’.

‘This is the guy who said that it was going to be a wrecking ball through the economy,’ Dr Emerson told ABC Television.

‘Then a handbrake, he backed down yesterday.

‘The next thing you know it’ll be like saying it’s a Chinese burn from a boy scout.’

In reality the carbon price wasn’t having anything like the effect Mr Abbott had claimed, the minister said.

‘He’s been exposed for that and he can’t get out of this groove of destructive negativity…’

About Darin Sullivan (1969 Articles)
President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union and a professional firefighter with more than 25 years’ experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.

1 Comment on Abbott to retract carbon tax calls

  1. Its still a TAX that we don’t need and won’t make any difference to global warming. It will only cause more Aussie companies to go off shore for manufacturing, where they don’t have this TAX

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