After the prime minister-elect instructed his department on Sunday to begin drafting the legislation to abandon the carbon-pricing scheme, business groups lined up to urge parliament to respect his government’s mandate.
Key state governments said that cutting the tax would provide huge relief to the cost of running services, with Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls declaring that the Senate was “there to protect the rights of the states and the states don’t want Labor’s carbon tax”, adding that the impost would hit new projects in the coal and liquefied natural gas-rich state.
With Labor and the Greens threatening to deadlock the plan in the current Senate, the Abbott government could have to wait to negotiate with newly elected senators who take their seats in July next year, or otherwise call a double-dissolution election.
Labor lied to create the tax, and now they refuse to give it up. Hopefully this will be permanently fatal for the party.
Meanwhile, Obama may have put his war against Syria on hold, but has not let up with his war against the American economy.
A new Pacific regional pact calling for aggressive action to combat climate change has achieved a “major accomplishment” by gaining US support, officials said Sunday.
The Majuro Declaration, endorsed by the 15-nation Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) at their summit last week, contains specific pledges on cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced during the session a new climate change fund for Pacific islands vulnerable to rising sea levels. …
Separately, the US was offering $24 million over five years for projects in “vulnerable coastal communities” in the Pacific, she said. …
Marshall Islands minister Tony de Brum said the US support was a “major accomplishment”.
You would have to have an IQ less than 30 to believe that anything Obama can do will affect sea level.