The Herald Sun reports that: Prime Minister Tony Abbott is intent on setting a realistic target in committing to cut greenhouse gas emissions by between 26 and 28 per cent by 2030. In doing so he recognises that vastly bigger cuts, as proposed by Labor, would mean slashing jobs and plunging the economy into possible recession.
Not only is Mr Abbott’s proposal realistic, it is responsible. The Opposition is expected to commit to a vastly greater reduction, perhaps between 40 per cent and 60 per cent, if it wins power at the next election.
This is already ALP policy based on 2000 levels, although no official target has been set by the parliamentary party.
This is a dangerous fantasy based on politics rather than prudence. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Labor are prepared to forsake accountability for political expediency. However, attempting to convince Australians that this can be achieved without widespread disruption to the economy requires more than promising the impossible.
Labor’s political brinkmanship is a threat to a stable economic future. Australia must cut its carbon emissions in doing its part to reduce global warming and, unlike Labor’s proposals, its targets are achievable.
Herald Sun Editorial: 11 august 2015
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