Tuesday, 30 November 2021
Questions without Notice
I note that the Leader of the Opposition takes exception to the suggestion that the Greens and Labor would actually form a coalition. Where would I get that idea from? They actually did it when they were last in government. I remember many years ago—I think it was before the 2004 election—when Lindsay Tanner, a former member for Melbourne, said: 'If it's a close election, we might have to do some of the crazy things the Greens want us to do.' That's what the former member for Melbourne said, and now a Greens member sits in that former Labor seat just as a Greens leader would seek to sit in a Labor government.
I can tell the member that, under our government, emissions have fallen by over 20 per cent. I can tell you that we have a target for 2030 which we took to the Australian people at the last election and which we will meet and beat, and we will see emissions fall by 35 per cent by 2030. The Labor-Greens target is not set yet. They still haven't told you what they want to do in 2030. There is no plan by 2030. There is no plan by 2050. We've been very clear that we will do this through technology, not taxes, but Labor, forced by the Greens, will tax you on that issue.