Now that the Opposition have gathered and banged their heads together, can they start to make sense? Let’s ask Brendan:
“Australia in implementing an emissions trading scheme can only do so when it’s ready to be implemented,” he said.
And, as a corollary, you cannot implement it if it is not ready to be implemented. Logical, eh?
So, when do you think it will be ready, Brendan?
Yesterday Dr Nelson indicated emissions trading should start by 2012. Today he says “probably” by 2012.
Other Coalition MPs say a start date is irrelevant if the Federal Government continues to push for its 2010 deadline.
Starting to wobble now. Should have just said “When it’s ready.”
So, what should the response to climate change look like, Brendan?
“Our view is that we have got to act internationally – we believe that apart from clean energy technologies and renewables and a variety of things, an emissions trading scheme in principal is the way for Australia to go, but it’s got to be methodically, carefully and responsibly thought through,” he said.
Shorter Brendan: “It’s the vibe of the thing.”
So, the Coalition is unanimous in endorsing its climate change policy, but the policy is to be determined at a date to be decided with the details to be advised once the implementation has been readied. Clear?