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Tony Abbott tells Liberals they must support the Renewable Energy Target

Tony Abbott forced to quell backbench climate rift BY: SID MAHER   The Australian June 20, 2012 TENSIONS have erupted in the Coalition over a key climate change policy less than two weeks before the introduction of the carbon tax from July 1.

…….the Opposition Leader told the partyroom that people saw generating renewable energy as an important issue and the Coalition had to commit to it………….. Under the RET, first introduced by the Howard government and supported by both sides of parliament, 20 per cent of Australia’s electricity will be sourced from renewable energy sources by 2020. The scheme is designed to subsidise the development of renewables – particularly wind farms – to speed their commercialisation and lower their technology costs.

The Coalition remains committed to the RET but Mr Abbott has vowed to
scrap the carbon tax and replace it with a “direct action” policy
involving investment in renewable energy and abatement measures such
as capturing carbon in soil, and creating an auction for companies to
bid for government aid to cut emissions at the lowest price. The
government has attacked direct action as more expensive than putting a
price on carbon pollution, which starts at $23 a tonne.

Mr Abbott told the partyroom he would embark on a nationwide tour with
some senior ministers in the first week of next month.

He declared that scrapping the carbon tax would be the first order of
business of a Coalition government ……..
With 1.3 million families to receive the government’s Schoolkids
bonus, which is in addition to the carbon tax compensation, Climate
Change Minister Greg Combet will today use a speech at the National
Press Club to attempt to dismantle the Coalition’s attack on the
carbon tax. Mr Combet will describe the July 1 introduction as the
“moment of truth” for the Coalition. “After July, 1 the public will be
able to test Mr Abbott’s claims against reality,” he will say. “Mr
Abbott’s sole aim has been political power at any cost, and he has
undermined confidence in the economy at a time of global
“His strategy appears to have been to destroy the government’s support
in the parliament before he could be called to account for his deceit.
It hasn’t worked. That means July 1 will not only be a test of the
carbon price, it will also be the beginning of a test of Tony Abbott’s

June 21, 2012 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics

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