Monday, 2 December 2019
At the request of Senator Wong, I move:
That the Senate—
(a) notes that:
(i) 2 December 2019 marks ten years since the Senate failed to pass legislation for a comprehensive economy-wide climate change policy, the Rudd Labor Government's Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS),
(ii) implementation of the CPRS would have resulted in Australia's greenhouse gas emissions being between 27 and 81 million tonnes lower in 2020 than currently projected, would have delivered additional cumulative abatement of between 63 and 218 million tonnes over the last 10 years, and would have placed Australian emissions on a sustained and long-term downward trajectory,
(iii) in addition to Labor senators, the CPRS bills were supported by Liberal Senators Boyce and Troeth,
(iv) despite the constructive negotiations engaged in by Mr Turnbull and Mr Macfarlane, the Liberals and the Nationals opposed the bills under the leadership of Mr Abbott, and
(v) the Australian Greens joined with the Liberals and the Nationals, and also opposed the CPRS, guaranteeing its defeat;
(b) recognises the decision by the Liberals, the Nationals and the Australian Greens to join together to oppose the CPRS precipitated:
(i) a breakdown in consensus on policy in Australia to address the challenges of climate change, and
(ii) a decade of policy instability preventing necessary investment in energy infrastructure leading to increases in energy prices and increased emissions; and
(c) calls on all parties to end the political opportunism and work together to agree an enduring solution to the challenges of climate change.
The Liberal and National government is proud to have opposed Labor's great big new tax on everything. The fact that Labor is still mourning their failed attempt to drive up the cost of living for Australians is telling about their future policies. While the opposition focus on their past, the government is delivering real and practical action to reduce emissions.
Again the Labor Party is denying leave to move an amendment to a motion. Let's remember what this motion is about. We're in a climate emergency here, and, rather than attacking the government, the Labor Party are spending their time attacking the Greens. If the Labor Party are so gutted about the fact that a price on carbon wasn't passed in 2009, despite the fact we got a better price in 2010, why won't they agree to one now? Why won't they agree to work with the Greens on passing a price on carbon now? While you rule out a price on carbon—
Honourable senators interjecting—
If the Labor Party were serious, they'd support a price on carbon. They don't, which makes it very, very obvious what this is. This is a cynical tactic to distract from the fact that the Labor Party has no policy other than to support coal and to see emissions increase in this country.