In related news, the Australian government has a “Climate Change Minister.”
(ABC News) — Federal Climate Change Minister Greg Combet has accused Opposition Leader Tony Abbott of having a racist climate change policy.
Mr Abbott has warned that Australian businesses buying carbon permits under an emissions trading scheme could be conned by unscrupulous international traders.
The Government plans to introduce its carbon tax legislation to Parliament by the end of September and hopes to have it passed by next year.
Mr Combet described Mr Abbott’s position as “economic xenophobia” in an address to the National Press Club.
“It sends the signal that it’s somehow dubious to trade with foreigners. It’s typical dog-whistle politics, trashing the commitment that’s existed for many years on both sides of politics to economic liberalisation and open trade,” he said.
“It is in effect a white carbon policy designed to harvest more votes no matter what the cost.”
The Government argues an internationally linked emissions trading scheme is needed so pollution can be cut at the lowest cost.
Mr Combet says if permits cannot be bought overseas, the proposed carbon price of $23 a tonne would have to double.