Dreyfus backs carbon tax fight


Senior Labor MP Mark Dreyfus has declared his party will oppose Tony Abbott's attempts to scrap the carbon tax, saying "I've got a mandate to defend good policy".

The comments come as others in the federal Labor ranks concede the incoming government has a mandate to abolish the carbon tax.

One, Nick Champion, even said the ALP should expose Mr Abbott's "bad" direct action policy by not opposing it in parliament, adding if the Liberals wanted to hang themselves, "we should give them as much rope as they need".

While Mr Dreyfus understood Mr Champion's frustrations, he said Australia's emissions trading scheme was world's best practice.

"Of course we didn't win the election," he told Sky News.

"But it's been clear policy and it is the right policy for Australia and I'm going to work to defend it and Labor is going to work to defend the right policy for Australia.

"I've got a mandate to defend good policy.

"I was elected to the Australian parliament on the clearest possible platform and that is for an emissions trading scheme."

Labor backbencher Amanda Rishworth said Labor's job was to hold Mr Abbott to account on his direct action plan, which uses revegetation and improving soil carbon to soak up emissions.

"We have a responsibility to the Australian people," she told Sky News.

Liberal frontbencher Bruce Billson said Labor had to face reality about the coalition's mandate to abolish carbon pricing."In my electorate less than one in three people voted for Labor," he told Sky News.

"So in terms of Labor members saying they have got a mandate, it's an interesting mandate where they want to make people's cost of living expenses and pressures higher than they need to be."

The debate came as the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia warned that repealing the impost would be a backward step.

"Driving businesses to become more carbon efficient is critical for our future," it said, releasing what it said should be the coalition government's priorities in its first 100 days."

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Dreyfus will be one of the few Labor members who will dig in on this issue. The smarter ones realise that the coalition has the confidence of the people and that Labor's air tax policy is simply a drag on the economy with zero benefit to the environment. How Dreyfus can call this good policy is beyond me and the majority of Australians who voted the Labor clowns out. As for Rishworth, is she just trying to get some attention? Is she angling for the deputy role? She's been an unseen, unheard nobody up until now.
Is Labor listening to the electorate or to the deindustrialist Greens? How can this be an issue for Labor to hang their hat on? They/Rudd said that they would get rid of it themselves - as an election promise. Also the carbon tax is about limiting economic growth and thereby is anti jobs and anti wages growth. How does this jive with core Labor Values? They have really become a puppet of the Greens.
Abbott is in no rush.....he has about 6 to 7 mths to work with, to mount with all the machinery of Government a strong case to get his way, clowns like Dreyfus, will play rt into his hands.....the policy of an idiot is exactly what Abbott wants to show the Australian public. The more idiots there are to get media space the better Abbotts case will be to call a double dissolution. Lead footed clowns like Dreyfus....can only play into Abbotts plans, big time.
dreyfus is delusional. He and Labor have never been elected to the Australian parliament on the ETS platform. At present they have a carbon tax, that was never voted for, and talk of going to ETS next year. They can't do it anyway because they are no longer the ruling government and LOST the election while pushing changing to an ETS platform in the dying weeks of campaigning. Duh!!! Assuming that Australia is still a democracy, isn't it the voters who decide who's policy is right for them? If dreyfus wants to push a mandate for good policy, I really think he needs to polish his crystal balls because what they are showing him doesn't sound like reality! lol :o)
Dreyfus would have been wise to remain silent on this issue about which his party is clearly divided.It wont be smart tactics for Labor to refight the last election particularly as both Rudd and Gillard had multiple positions on the issue.
Fascinating how quickly the denialists and Noalitionists dump the price mechanism once they don’t like the results. The carbon levy then emissions trading scheme relies on the price mechanism, to: . -- add support for a unified global emissions reduction framework; . -- prepare Australia for a future of mandatory carbon limits enforced by punitive international trade rules (despite current objections); . -- raise funds for research and development of clean energy pure and applied technologies; . -- reduce Australia’s CO2 emissions to or below the desired maximum. It was also a missed opportunity to rationalise the motley collection of renewables subsidies and incentives. Carbon prices must rise steeply in the future once transitional support falls away, if the expectations regarding a carbon price are to lead to emission-minimising behaviour - at least according to economic fundamentalist economists. That’s your ideology. But then such things are intended to serve the needs of the moment, so I’m not in the least surprised by this anxiety to pretend that we suddenly don’t need any solution to the climate change problem.
Can we trust the European carbon permits trading system?