pricing is here to stay,'' said Minister for Climate Change Greg Combet today
in defiance of Coalition claims Labor should bow to an election mandate. Mr
Combet said if Tony Abbott were elected Prime Minister "he cannot and will
not repeal the carbon price''. "Labor will remain committed to it,'' he
told the National Press Club in Canberra. "Tackling climate change has
been in our platform for over two decades, and we will fight for what we
believe in and for what we have achieved.''
Minister Bill Shorten, a potential Labor leader should the Government fall on
September 14, has also pledged to continue support for a market-based system to
cut greenhouse emissions, and senior ministers have privately matched that
pledge. That means a Coalition government led by Tony Abbott, who will insist
the September 14 election is a "scrap the tax'' referendum, could be
frustrated in the Senate where Labor and the Greens would still have the
numbers until July next year....