Wednesday, 28 November 2018
It seems that we have that contribution from Senator Chisholm referring back to the 2010 decision to institute a carbon price as political opportunism—political opportunism in 2010 when we worked with the Labor Party, when we worked with the progressive Independents and we got what the International Energy Agency described as model legislation for combating climate change.
Senator Chisholm, why is it that you won't defend what was then and remains now a piece of legislation that, if adopted by this parliament, would put us on track to tackling dangerous climate damage? Why is it that you walk away from that legislation? Why is it that you don't defend it? Why is it that you go back to 2009 rather than stand up and defend what we did together in 2010? You should be proud of that achievement. We are. We worked together. We got action done, and you seem to be ashamed of it. You should be ashamed of yourself for not having the courage to stand up for what was a great piece of legislation. (Time expired)