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Saturday, August 22, 2009

BREAKING: Nationals reject emissions bill

From the Sydney Morning Herald:
The National party has unanimously rejected the federal government's emissions trading scheme legislation at the party's annual council in Canberra today.

The motion was first on the agenda and has opened the way for a potential split between the coalition parties in the Senate when the vote on the ETS comes up again in November.

Prior to the council vote, outspoken Senator Barnaby Joyce said it was a most "dangerous scheme for regional Australia."

"The emissions trading scheme will do nothing to affect the climate of the globe," he told delegates at the council.

Senator Joyce said it would be an "insidious tax" which would "completely undermine the structure for which this country is built on".

Liberal MP Darren Chester, who seconded the motion, said if the unions were too gutless to stand up for regional Australia and country jobs, then it was up to the Nationals to do so.

The motion was passed unanimously by the more than 50 members present at the council.
Read it here.


  • Not that this vote will mean anything in particular. The 'lets make a stand against ETS' ship sailed the instant the NATS voted in the affirmative on RET. How can they now claim they are opposed to CPRS when they voted for the RET. If they are for a reduction in Carbon via RET they must think carbon is bad so it then follows the CPRS is a good because it will reduce 'bad' carbon pollution.
    Can they not add 1+1?
    What exactly did they think would happen after they voted for the RET?
    When my kids were in grade 1 they could have worked out the long term consequences of a yes vote on RET.
    Morons, one and all!!!

    By Blogger JennyinOz, At August 23, 2009 at 11:19 AM  

  • People, in general, don't realise what the RET (& the ETS)is actually going to cost them - mainly because they're too lazy to actually seek out the facts.

    I think, in this country and possibly the USA, there has to be widespread suffering before people get off their apathetic a@#es and do something. But, by then, it will be too late.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At August 24, 2009 at 2:05 PM  

  • I have just posted on a poll that shows the Aussie public are staggeringly ignorant about the ETS and its effects.

    By Blogger Simon from Sydney, At August 24, 2009 at 2:14 PM  

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