Scott Morrison launches into question time with the false binary that the only options for climate action is what the government is doing (nothing) and taxes (which the Coalition is doing by paying for the lack of action through consolidated revenue, which is taxpayer funds).
He has been forming this argument for a while – but it has been the main talking point since yesterday’s press conference.
I can confirm that our plan … for achieving net zero emissions by 2050, Mr Speaker – an extensive plan that we’ve released, Mr Speaker – will achieve that.
And we’ll achieve that, Mr Speaker, by backing the decisions that Australians are making, particularly across our corporate sector, across, Mr Speaker, our scientific community, that understands the technological changes that will take place and that we will fund and support through the low-emissions technology roadmap, Mr Speaker, and the many other initiatives that we’ve outlined as a government.
That is what gets us to net zero by 2050. What doesn’t get us there, Mr Speaker, is taxes and mandates and laws telling people what to do and what they can’t do, Mr Speaker, on their farms, in their businesses, in their factories, in their homes, Mr Speaker. That’s not what our plan does.
The reason Labor doesn’t like our plan, Mr Speaker, is because there’s no taxes in it. They don’t like our plan, Mr Speaker, ‘cause there’s no mandates telling people what to do. And no regulations trying to control their lives. That’s why Labor doesn’t like our plan, Mr Speaker. Mr Speaker, our commitment … was set out at the last election. We said we would have a 26% to 28% reduction by 2030. The Labor Party said 45% was the emissions reduction that should occur by 2030. The Australian people rejected, that, Mr Speaker.
Yadda, yadda, yadda.
Meanwhile, the government regulates the lives of people on benefits through the cashless debit card, chased people (illegally) over robodebt, and is currently proposing to make Australians show ID before they can vote, despite no actual tangible reason for the proposal.