Thursday, May 20, 2010
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd regularly says his hot, dry country would be among the first, and the worst affected, by rising temperatures.But he is meeting fierce opposition in the Federal Parliament. At least he will keep his job - the leader of Australia's opposition is unlikely to survive the row.
Liberal party leader Malcolm Turnbull has backed proposed legislation, which punishes polluters and rewards those who clean up their industries.
But he has failed to convince half of his party - who are in open rebellion - and already survived one attempt to oust him as leader.
A group of party heavyweights, including Tony Abbott, have now resigned their front bench jobs in protest at Mr Turnbull's support for the policy.
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010
But his speech will contain some of the specific policy usually announced in an Opposition Leader's budget address in reply, after Tony Abbott chose to use his budget speech to attack the government's resource super profits tax and Labor's ''reckless spending''.
The $270 million cut to the green car fund comes on top of $200 million taken out of the scheme by the Rudd government in the budget and would leave $590 million over nine years in a fund that originally promised car makers more than $1 billion.
The cuts to the car scheme come on top of reductions in the Coalition's own promised 15,000-strong ''green army''.
It was going to cost $750 million a year, but Mr Abbott confirmed yesterday it would now be built up ''more slowly''. He said this was because a faster build-up could endanger the green army troops - who will fight invasive weeds, feral animals and erosion - in the same way as insulation installers were endangered by the Rudd government's pink batts scheme.
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