Monday 18th Jun, 2018

Abbott leads charge against of Turnbull’s ‘carbon tax’

Tony Abbott. Photo: Creative Commons / Nick-D
Photo: Creative Commons / Nick-D

Former PM Tony Abbott is among a selection of conservative Coalition MPs speaking out against Malcolm Turnbull’s proposal to let power companies buy foreign permits to meet emissions targets, according to a report in The Australian this week.

Abbott has reportedly lashed out against the man who usurped him in 2015, alleging the in-principle plan is simply a poorly-disguised carbon tax.

The reaction stems from the Government’s end-of-2017 review of its climate policies, in which energy and environment minister Josh Frydenberg discussed allowing companies to buy carbon permits from foreign markets for inclusion in their domestic emissions figures.

“As flagged in 2015, the review considered the role of international units and as a result the government has now given in-principle support for their use,” Frydenberg wrote.

“The final decision on the timing and appropriate quantity and quality limits will be taken by 2020 following further consultation and detailed analysis.”

Abbott has, according to The Australian, said he is as strongly against this policy as he was against the carbon tax during his time as prime minister, saying a policy of allowing the purchase of foreign tax credits would be open for rorts.

“I don’t support carbon trading, which is a carbon tax under a different name, and I certainly don’t support overseas carbon credits being available to Australian businesses,” Abbott was quoted as saying.

“That just means that Aussie customers end up shovelling our money to foreign carbon traders, and we all know the potential for rorts there.”

Frydenberg, also quoted by The Australian, reportedly dismissed Abbott’s complaints.

“Since [Abbott’s leadership ended in 2015], we have conducted a major climate review in which industry groups representing energy intensive businesses across the economy including the BCA, AiG and in the Minerals Council have made it very clear they strongly support the use of international permits,” Frydenberg was quoted.

“It is worth noting that Mr Abbott’s position on international permits is closer to the Greens than that of Australia’s big employers.”

  • Robert Vincin

    2018! It is destressing to read the complex thoughts /costly notions how to lower CO2, and massive income and environmental loss to Australia. 1995 UN USG invited me to help write the simple low to zero cost UNFCCC COP3 100year Kyoto Protocol. Via CO2 offsets lowered CO2, and such allowed BAU until stoichiometric H2O-Energy-H2O commenced. A great perpetual business for Australia!
    Howard Abbott instructed Australia to become Global CO2 sink growing soils, soil-carbon into anthropogenic drought desert lands. Australia would have turned over $500Bn pa in CO2 offsets, lowering 25Bn Tonnes CO2 pa and, insuring no global $ debts, low insurance. Sadly, both rolled!
    Turnbull advises no major undertaking until he is 1st President Republic of Australia. This means
    • Global $ debt $2tillion * expanding drought, desert rather than soil growing sink, *Increased insurance risks climatic events, *Australian Industry and public forced offshore for offsets.
    Carbon is inert, Climate Change CO2 reduction is Government to UN to Government to be legal not for green groups et.al. to engage. Australian PM is rejecting the greatest business of all times!
    2005-11 with Australia low to zero cost technology I aided PRC to lower 8bn tonnes CO2 pa and as 2018 PM Turnbull will prevent Australia lowering trading 24billion Tonnes Low cost CO2 offsets! This action will stop over $500,000,000,000 pa CO2 offsets and restoring Australian soil to grow food for a very hungry world. I’m invited offshore again to help other nations and industry to offset CO2!
    1997 UNFCCC COP3 100yr protocol Nature Science protocol field proven is aiding other continents to sequester mass CO2 and deliver zero to low cost offsets! Now 20yrs later The Paris Agreement asks “how can we stop temperature and CO2 rise. Australia needs expert input all levels!
    God save the Australian Historians of Tomorrow and our Farming backbone as PM Turnbull will not!
    Without prejudice Robert Vincin and some credential to comment.
    *UN USG invited me 96-99 to join the panel that prepared science Kyoto Protocol. Member Earth Council. Travelled the globe to meetings side toured to desert/poverty regions.
    *Vincin; Former Branch Secretary to Hon John Howard 96-98!
    *Wrote Direct Action for Tony Abbott (Adelaide Review June 96) he PM 2013-
    *1995 Paper There was no River Murray Darling Workshop ANU Canberra Preserve water courses
    *1997-2000 KPMG consultant attending Global Offices sitting on Earth Council panel prepare COP3
    *2000 Paper tabled UNFCCC COP6 “The Missing Sink” detailed 2-4% of Earths vegetation was and must again be such sink CO2 (Condon/Vincin) Tabled by Hon Robert Hill. Article 3.4 Known as Australian clause
    *2005-Invited Foreign Expert PRC Central Government advising 7 Ministers, 9 Governors, teach Law, Science, Agriculture, Forestry at Peking et al Universities. Leading in field physical growing soil soil-carbon food fodder forestry funded by UNFCCC CO3 offset trading to UNFCCC 100year rule! PRC
    *2008 JV UNDP PRC Forestry Plant out C4 CO2 over 9 Provinces & by 2020 lower8Bn T CO2 pa.
    *Recipient Genghis Kahn Peace medal 2008 teaching growing soil roof of the world.
    *October 2016 Invited by Global Energy Award Foundation to submit to 2017 award!
    *Invited UNCCD 2017 Land for Life Award
    *Invited UNFCCC Moment of Change Awards See Facebook Google Twitter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbI8YZmBP8g