Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said Scott Morrison’s latest climate ‘policy’ was an expensive hoax that had no plan to deal with coal.
“There’s nothing in this expensive fig-leaf that deals with coal, and if you don’t have a plan for coal, you’re not serious about climate change,” said Mr Bandt.
“This policy will not ensure a safe climate.
“A climate policy that doesn’t deal with coal is like a car without wheels. It’s an expensive way of going nowhere.
“Pouring public money into Tony Abbott’s failed emissions fund isn’t just throwing good money after bad, it’s a hoax.
“Emissions have gone up under Tony Abbott’s scheme and they will rise under Scott Morrison as well because big polluters still get off scot-free.
“Malcolm Turnbull called this fund a “fig-leaf to cover a determination to do nothing” and he was right.
“The public, who are footing the bill for this policy, can’t even be sure that all the emissions reductions claims are genuine.
“Former regulators, the CSIRO and the Climate Change Authority have all questioned the integrity of emissions reductions claimed under the fund.
“Instead of giving money to the polluters, we should be making polluters pay, like we did under the carbon price.”