Abbott rejects British thumbs-up for tax

01 Aug, 2011 05:35 AM
Tony Abbott.
Tony Abbott.

OPPOSITION Leader Tony Abbott has dismissed the significance of the British Prime Minister's praise of Australia's carbon plan by saying Labor ''now wants to engage in a bit of cultural cringe''.

In a letter commending Julia Gillard's move, David Cameron said that it would add momentum to those in the developed and developing world who were serious about dealing with the urgent climate threat. Ms Gillard will point to the letter when questioned on the climate package in the next few days.

But Mr Abbott, a strong Anglophile, said: ''I have great respect for Britain, but I don't think that everything that's done in Britain should necessarily be slavishly copied here in Australia.''

Mr Abbott said that Britain was a very different country and economy. ''Britain has de-industrialised over the last generation. Britain has exported its emissions to the countries which now do its manufacturing for it.

''We are a resource-intensive economy. We're an economy that produces an abundance of coal and gas. We want to be a manufacturing society.''

Earlier, Climate Minister Greg Combet said Mr Abbott had been running ''one of the most deceitful, unprincipled, opportunistic campaigns that I think I've ever seen in politics''.

Mr Abbott was a ''charlatan'' … ''engaging in widespread deceit and he's going to be increasingly found out for it,'' Mr Combet said. ''What's Tony Abbott's alternative? He doesn't have one … He runs around misleading the community.''

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1/08/2011 7:07:34 AM

Deceitful/unprincipled/opertunist ic?Hmm!Lets see.Oust the people elect PM for having a hint of morality.Make a promise to the Australian people in an effort to be elected, then break it to form a government.Bring in a tax of epic proportions with 3/4of the people opposed to it without putting it to a vote.Increase our foreign debt by 200billion.Destroy an industry with the stroke of a pen so as to gain controll of the landmass and rob the public of their carbon entitalments under your new tax.And upset our nearest and largest trading partner.Are you sure it was Abbott Mr Combet was talking of?
1/08/2011 10:38:38 AM

Mr Combet is the one misleading the community. He is reported as having said that carbon dioxide is a 'poison' and a 'pollutant. The basis for his contention is that he says that if you put a bag over your head filled with carbon dioxide you would die. Yes, you would die, but from anoxia (lack of oxygen) not from the presence of carbon dioxide. The quality of the scientific knowledge associated with the debate on the contribution of human created climate change by politicians would make any scientist cringe.
1/08/2011 10:47:31 AM

Spives like Cameron should keep their ill-informed snouts out of other nations politics & put their own house in order. The spive could begin by abolishing most of the UK's 900 plus quangos that are costing taxpayers 82 billion pounds a year. How many quangos we fund in Australia appears to be a national secret but Gillard has established at least six in recent months. As for Combets claim that the spives letter "just came out of the blue" BOLLOCKS!
1/08/2011 12:00:39 PM

Your last paragraph so good - Love it
Ian Mott
1/08/2011 12:23:14 PM

Give it a few more years and it will be Europeans in leaky boats trying to get illegal entry to this country. Provided we get rid of Gillard, of course. Tony is dead right. The poms don't produce aluminium and all their emission intensive industries have shifted to places where they are not expected to meet any targets. And besides, the people who corrupted global agricultural markets for half a century will not have the slightest reservations about corrupting a carbon market in their own favour.
1/08/2011 7:53:10 PM

Chemist -- CO2 is a toxic gas and has killed many people - you are dangerously misleading some people when you write to the contrary . By law it is illegal to have workplace air containing more than 0.5% CO2 for 40hr week workers . Further, air with 4% CO2 is dangerous to life and health and that level will kill you stone dead when there is loads of oxygen present. We have to be very careful with solid CO2 (dry ice ) used for cooling. Left in a cool room or a closed room it can and often has leaked enough to produce a deadly air and killed. Chemist - please retract your letter!
1/08/2011 8:11:39 PM

@Chemist - I was actually referring to your post. Cheers
Colonial Rule
1/08/2011 9:30:59 PM

Britian exploited Australia for nearly 200 hundred years (including profiting from all of our virgin forest). When it was time to pay their dues, in the form of land rights, they cut their ties with Australia so they would not be footed with the bill. After leaving the average Aussie to foot the bill they are back, and can see another opportunity to rip us off again. I notice the Royals and british polo's were nowhere to be seen during the Marbo case. Just wave a dollar in the air, and they come running.
Bushie Bill
2/08/2011 6:20:30 AM

He would say that, wouldn't he?
Reap What You Sow
2/08/2011 6:58:49 AM

Abbott does nothing but 'reject'. He'll never back action on climate change because at heart, he has rejected the science. He'll never have an informed comment on the NBN because he's rejected that science too. As for refugees and immigration - he rejects Australia's responsibility as a rich developed nation to help those who need it. Abbott and 'reject' are becoming synonymous.
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