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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Joyce loses his nerve...

A bit of a hero of these pages, Barnaby Joyce has always been the voice of sanity in the climate madness of Canberra, but ACM is concerned by the following article in the Courier Mail, in which Senator Joyce appears to endorse some kind of ETS. As regular readers will know, any kind of ETS will achieve nothing in terms of climate, and everything in terms of destroying Australia's economy, employment, and competitiveness:
The Queensland Senator has revealed that on Monday he will likely back a new CPRS model to be released by the Coalition, which they say will be greener, cost less, give more concessions to coal, exclude agriculture and allow farmers to use their land to make money.

But in a thinly veiled swipe against Liberal Leader Malcolm Turnbull, Senator Joyce signalled he was looking forward more to voting down the Government's emissions trading scheme than selling the Coalition's new plan.

Senator Joyce said when the ETS was defeated next week, Nationals should get most of the credit.

"The only thing I have to worry about is the one (ETS) that I have to vote on," Senator Joyce said.

"I do not think Malcolm Turnbull will change her (Climate Change Minister Penny Wong's) mind.

"She will not accept any amendments."

Of course she won't. She inhabits a bizarre ivory tower into which nothing (not even common sense) can permeate. And our advice to Senator Joyce is to be very careful about giving even a hint of support for an ETS of any kind.

Read it here.


  • Steve Fielding for PM.

    It appears he is the only polly in this country with half a brain and a backbone but maybe his courage has an expiration date too. Lets hope not or we are done for.

    By Blogger JennyinOz, At August 8, 2009 at 11:25 AM  

  • Read the story Simon, the Courier Mail has taken a VERY BIG STICK to this story with their headline and might I add VERY IRRESPONSIBLY! Despite their headline my reading of the story is simply this,Barnaby Joyce will NEVER support an ETS. In fact he is on the record just this week as saying "It would be completly irresponsible, in the middle of a financial crisis, to be going forward with a scheme which will cut a swath of economic devastation through our nation." Clearly it doesn't matter what might or might not be put on the table, Minister Wong just isn't interested. What is on the table is Labor's proposed ETS and Barnaby Joyce will be voting against it FULL STOP!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At August 8, 2009 at 2:51 PM  

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