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Six people were arrested. Those are the headlines this morning. Back to you, Paul. Thanks Melinda and welcome to the program, Christine Milne. Well, the Carbon Tax, we know will get through on Tuesday.
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There's a resolution of the Senate which if anyone had any doubts, knows the numbers are there. But d o you believe Julia Gillard would have introduced a Carbon Tax in this Parliament had the Greens not pushed her to it? Well, I certainly think a minority Government was the conduit if you like, to this absolutely important environmental, social and economic reform.
I think when the Prime Minister said she wouldn't introduce a Carbon Tax, she was quite genuine at that time but circumstances changed when nobody won a majority. It was part of the agreement with the Greens. And it also needs to be said that Tony Abbott made it fairly clear right around the Parliament that he would have done anything to be Prime Minister. And I think the interesting thing is that Tony Abbott is causing a very big problem for himself by making such an issue of the Prime Minister's change of mind because he is the one advancing this great big new lie that he will repeal the bills if he got into Government when it's clear he won't.
Already, we've seen him back off the Carbon Farming Initiative. He's not repealing that. He's now announced he won't repeal the Australian Renewable Energy Agency legislation. Just this morning, he's been saying that they will no longer repeal the superannuation increases. So every day we see Tony Abbott out there at the head with the big blast of the trumpet, the blood oath, he's going to repeal everything.
And then there's the cowardly retreat and quietly behind the scenes, "Oh no, we're backing off that. Well, as we've seen from the polls in regard to Julia Gillard and her broken promise, you do pay a big political price and of course, that will play out. You're predicting it will play out differently for Tony Abbott.
But there is no doubt is there, that the broken promise has tainted this Carbon Tax? Yes, I think that's been a problem for it. Those who oppose Julia Gillard and oppose a Labor Government have used this major reform and have confused the two issues. Having said that, it is not a Carbon Tax that is being introduced. It's an Emissions Trading Scheme which will have a fixed price for three years and then go to flexible trading.
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But nevertheless it has been the opportunity for the Coalition to campaign against Labor, rather than actually mount the argument around the climate action. Is it what the Greens wanted? The actual carbon price mechanism?
Well, what we're seeing, what will be voted for on Tuesday - is it what the Greens wanted? Certainly, we've had a big hand in the package. We wanted an Emissions Trading Scheme. We do have the Independent Climate Authority. We have a pillar that delivers on renewable energy. Another pillar on energy efficiency. And a very big contribution in terms of carbon in the landscape and biodiversity. So yes, but the really important thing that we achieved was right across all these pillars there's room for upward mobility.
Because whilst this is a very important reform, if we are to have physical reality meet political reality, we have to do a lot more. Well, the Opposition insists the carbon price suite of measures will do nothing for the global environment.
Here's Eric Abetz on Thursday.
So we are going to ship out the coal from Australia, give everybody else the advantage of our high-quality, cheap coal without a tax, but tax Australians who want to use Australian coal? And the other point that Senator Abetz, Liberal Leader in the Senate, made was that in fact Australian carbon emissions will increase under this scheme? Well, Australia's emissions are going up.
And what this will do, will constrain them against business as usual. As to Senator Abetz's argument about Australia shipping coal overseas, absolutely. The Greens have made this point time and time again, that massively increasing coal exports is against the best interests of climate action and that in fact we need to get rid of all of the subsidies for fossil fuels.
And the G20 has just come out with a reaffirmation of that policy, so I'm looking forward to Senator Abetz actually addressing the issue he's raised here and actually supporting us in getting rid of fossil fuel subsidies. Now when you say things like that, it sets the alarm bells ringing that you're against the coal industry which is integral to Australia's wealth? Well, it's very interesting because I think the minerals boom is almost a veil, if you like, against the real problems in the Australian economy.
We are increasingly becoming the quarry of Asia. We need to massively invest in education and training, diversify the Australian economy, get more sophistication, rebuild manufacturing, and moving to address climate change does all those things because we start to actually invest in commercialising the technologies here and getting a rollout of more jobs in that green field.
So what we'll see is actually addressing these real vulnerabilities in the Australian economy by moving strongly on climate change. Time for a break. When we return with the panel, do the Greens see the nation's miners as the enemy? And our weekly award goes to the confusion corner inhabited by the Nationals' Barnaby Joyce, as he tried to prove the Greens' voting record made them a Government faction. In seriatim, this is how we voted "No, yes. No, no, then the Government didn't support it either.
Yes, no, yes, no. The Greens believe the Mining Tax and the super profits of three biggest miners needs to be higher than proposed. And making it even harder for Julia Gillard, three of the key Independents have their own ideas as well. The Coalition resolutely against this Mining Tax. This Government is imposing in the middle of a mining boom, two new taxes. It's ignorance, it's envy but most importantly of all, it is dangerous. It is dangerous in terms of the lost job opportunities, the lost investment opportunities.
The Greens say the miners should be paying much, much more but the amendments you want have no hope of passing. Can you tell us now will you support the Mining Tax as it stands?
Well, the Greens have always said we seek to improve the Mining Tax but ultimately we would support it. And we've made that very clear. We're seeking amendments in the House of Representatives to include gold in the Tax.
We've said all along we would like to see a Sovereign Wealth Fund, so that we actually have the profits of the boom there to help us invest in the changes we need to make in the economy. We have -we are very pleased to see there's now been a separation of the corporate tax cut.
And the Greens have said all along we'd like to see a corporate tax cut for small business in particular. So there are a number of areas of negotiation around the Mining Tax. Tony Abbott is a fool to pretend climate change is not happening and even more foolish to try to prevent action that would help people, create jobs and create a future for WA, and the country, after the mining boom.
People around the nation are worried that they already work hard yet things are getting tougher. People are worried about everything from casualised jobs, long commutes to work, congestion, fly in fly out, too little time with their families and anxiety about the future as construction gives way to production and lost jobs. In WA people without work or who are underemployed worry that they won't be able to afford to rent a place to live and see the waiting lists for crisis accommodation blowing out.
WA has one of the least affordable and most pressured housing markets in the whole world. Two weeks ago, I visited Foyer Oxford in Perth, which has the capacity to house up to 98 young people, including 24 young parents and their children. The youth I spoke to who are living there think it is awesome but the service providers are left high and dry with no guarantee of a new partnership agreement on homelessness. Abbott's last minute stop gap measures on the weekend do not provide the certainty of funding over the forward estimates which is needed and could be viewed as a cynical exercise to neutralise the issue before this Saturday's poll.
Abbott says, trust me, but why should they when so much of what he says is hot air. People's gut instinct is telling them something is not right. When a PM says only to believe it when it's written down, and even then it is still negotiable. Trust your gut instinct fellow Australians.
Don't trust Prime Minister Abbott to deliver for you. The Abbott government is not governing for all Australians. He is governing for the greedy few, the vested interests of yesteryear, not the Australia of tomorrow, like a CEO delivering for only one division of his company. Make no mistake this is the Abbott, Murdoch, Rinehart collaboration directed and promoted by the Institute of Public Affairs.
Abbott said in April"that is a big "yes" to many of the specific policies you urged upon me" referring to the IPA's 75 radical ideas to Transform Australia which are being delivered so fast that they've had to add another Take the big four banks and what they stand to gain from the Future of Financial Reforms for example. Give a few political donations, and what do you get? Take the mining tax as another example. Abbott is governing for the wealthy, billionaires, and overseas mining companies and letting every day Australians take the hit.
Joe Hockey said " everyone in Australia has to help to do the heavy lifting on the Budget" — everyone except the big miners and polluters who benefit from fossil fuel subsidies, polluting for free and maximising profits. If "everyone has to take a hit" Joe Hockey, then release the Commission of Audit now! Two decades of unprecedented boom and what do we have to show for it? The mining boom is being squandered.
Seven in ten WA voters don't feel Tony Abbott has a plan for new jobs in Western Australia in light of the mining boom slowing, and they're right. If you want to create jobs in Australia the best way to do it is to fix the mining tax so it does raise revenue for all Australians and use the income to create the Australia of tomorrow.
So where does this leave Australia with a new Senate due to take office in just a few months? A Senate in which the government will have to rely on an inexperienced, uncertain, and policy free few. At last year's election the community voted against the incumbent government. People voted, as Rupert Murdoch railed, to 'kick this mob out'.
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Rather than voting 'for' what Abbott offered, they voted against the Rudd- Gillard-Slipper-Thomson spectacle. That showed up clearly in the Senate vote. Having voted Liberal in the House of Representatives, people wanted insurance against Abbott getting total control of the Parliament.
What the 25 per cent of the population didn't and couldn't have known was how voting for a raft of micro parties would play out.
Instead of stopping the Abbott government getting total control, the gaming of the electoral system made the Senate and the nation vulnerable to the very thing people voted to avoid.
Australia is now subject to the whims of people who secured less than 1 per cent of the vote and who will be tempted to give Abbott everything he wants in exchange for who knows what? The Senate crossbench is now a right-wing circus. Even before the results of the WA election are known, we have: One from the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party who will want four wheel drive vehicles in our national parks and precious environmental areas and who has signed secret MOU with mining millionaire Clive Palmer — what's the deal - did money change hands, and for what?
One from the Liberal Democrats who benefitted from the donkey vote and who left the Liberal Party because he was opposed to John Howard's crackdown on guns following the Port Arthur massacre One from Family First who will oppose every effort to achieve marriage equality. Two unreliable, unpredictable Palmer United Political Party Senators who are there for Clive, not for the community — one says one thing, Clive says another. The numbers in the Senate matter and will determine whether Prime Minister Abbott and the conservatives get absolute control.
One vote will have shifted from the conservatives to the progressives. It is this one vote, this one seat that makes this by-election so important and it's why Western Australia has the chance to change the direction of the nation.
There has never been a more timely election or one with such clarity about what outcomes can be delivered.
Transcript of Christine Milne on Meet the Press
One very live example of transferring one seat from the conservative side of politics to the progressive side is fate of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. It's as simple as that. Who WA votes for really matters. Clive Palmer has declared his conflict of interest in carbon pricing. In fact he has said that he wants the price retrospectively repealed so that his company does not have to pay.
Where does this coal billionaire's conflict of interest leave his two senators and where does it leave all the other companies who have abided by the law? If it's good enough for him to abstain in the House, then it is good enough for them to abstain in the Senate. Otherwise the precedent is for corporations to use their profits to have their representatives directly elected to Parliament to change laws that adversely affect them. Forget the national interest.
It is democracy for sale. Abbott does not have the skills to handle an unstable cross bench. It will be a crossbench which will put the last minority government in the shade.
And this will be Tony Abbott's undoing. The Prime Minister's strategy has always been to crash through but he will just crash because he simply doesn't have the leadership skills to negotiate with the Senate he cannot avoid.
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He didn't tell his own party about his knights and dames, how is he going to keep his word? That's where the Greens Plan fits in. Only the Greens can make the Senate work after July this year. We have done it before and we will do it again. We have a long history of responsible delivery; from the climate change package to Denticare to Parliamentary Budget Office.
Why the Greens, and not Labor or any of the other micro parties? The Greens are a party with a full suite of economically credible, costed policies. We're not it in to repeal economic policies for our own personal financial benefit or who knows what. Our agendas and values are clear and voters can trust us to stand by them Our holistic vision for a caring nation supported by a healthy environment in a rapidly warming world is one that will make Australians lives easier, not harder.