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Australia’s carbon tax is gone: a selection of the cheers, jeers and fears


Tony Abbott, Australia

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott speaks to the media after the carbon tax was repealed. Photograph: Lukas Coch/AAP


Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article titled “Australia’s carbon tax is gone: a selection of the cheers, jeers and fears” was written by Helen Davidson, for theguardian.com on Thursday 17th July 2014 05.11 UTC

Tony Abbott, prime minister

“This is great news for Australian families and for our nation’s small businesses.

“Scrapping the carbon tax will save the average family $550 a year. You’ll see the benefits in coming power bills.

“Today the tax that you voted to get rid of is finally gone. A useless destructive tax which damaged jobs, which hurt families’ cost of living and which didn’t actually help the environment, is finally gone.

“The carbon tax is gone but it seems it hasn’t entirely been forgotten. Mr Shorten is out there saying that if Labor is re elected the carbon tax comes back. I only want to say this to my friends on the other side of parliament: surely, surely it’s time to accept that the Australian people don’t want a carbon tax. Whatever it’s called it’s still a tax and the Australian people don’t want it.”

Bill Shorten, opposition leader

“Today Prime Minister Tony Abbott has made Australia the first country to reverse action on climate change … History will judge Tony Abbott harshly for refusing to believe that action is needed on climate change.

“Tony Abbott has shown time and time again he is an environmental vandal with no thought for the future.

“Today he has taken Australia backwards.

“An emissions trading scheme is the best way to go … Labor made a mistake in 2009 when we settled for second best [with a fixed carbon price].”

Adam Bandt, Greens deputy leader

“Tony Abbott has taken a big step backwards. this is the Australian parliament’s asbestos moment, our tobacco moment – when we knew what were doing was harmful, but went ahead and did it anyway.”

Christine Milne, Greens leader

“The repeal of the price on pollution is intergenerational theft. Tony Abbott has delivered a massive blow to jobs, a massive blow to clean solar and wind energy, and a massive blow to our kids and grandkids who will live on a planet permanently changed by global warming.

“Australians stand exposed to more extreme fires, floods, storms, and they risk losing their jobs and livelihoods because of global warming. But Tony Abbott has just torn down the cheapest and most effective way for Australia to reduce our pollution.”

Lisa Singh, Labor senator

“We are about to devastate the future of this country. We are about to take this country backwards in droves through the mindless ideological bent of the Coalition. Australia today will be a laughing stock to the rest of the world.”

Eric Abetz, minister for employment, on Twitter

“Job destroying carbon tax finally gone with Labor still clinging to it.”

Ian Macdonald, Liberal senator

“The Australian people clearly at the last election voted on what everyone knew was a referendum on the carbon tax to get rid of the carbon tax.

“It’s typical that the Greens think they know better than everyone and want to guide everyone.

“If there is global warming, notwithstanding that in Brisbane on Saturday morning we had the coldest day in 113 years – but I have always indicated, Mr deputy president, I have an open mind on this.”


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