Rudd government has questioned whether there's any point to negotiating
on emissions trading when the coalition remains unmoved on the science behind
man-made global warming. Labor has also taken another crack at Malcolm Turnbull
and his shaky grasp on the leadership, this time blaming him for thwarting
good faith negotiations by having failed to earn the backing of his party
room. Negotiations plunged to a new low on Monday after Opposition Senate
Leader Nick Minchin declared most of the coalition did not believe humans
had contributed to climate change. It prompted the government to question
the validity of last-minute negotiations on its carbon pollution reduction
scheme, set to go before parliament next week.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard asked how discussions could be fruitful if
Mr Turnbull had failed to win over party room mates on the veracity on climate
saw senior coalition figures basically trash Mr Turnbull's agenda, (so)
we're entitled to ask a question ..." Ms Gillard said on Tuesday.
question is, is Malcolm Turnbull in a position to say that in negotiating
in good faith, that he's got his party's support?
if he isn't, then what are we negotiating about?"
to tighten the noose, Ms Gillard said the embattled opposition leader must
come good on his earlier promise to negotiate a climate change deal, or
need Malcolm Turnbull to do no more or no less than he said he would - he
said he didn't want to lead a party that wasn't with him on climate change.
"All we're asking him to do is honour his words.
got to get his party to follow him."
Change Minister Penny Wong and the opposition's negotiator, Ian Macfarlane,
met again on Tuesday to discuss amendments to the government's scheme.
Negotiations had been made that much worse after Senator Minchin's comments,
Senator Wong told ABC Radio.
think it will be particularly difficult given what happened last night on
the television," she said.
are too many people in the Liberal Party who are not fair dinkum on climate
change, who do think it is some sort of conspiracy."
if a deal was brokered, it would be tough for Mr Macfarlane to get the agreed
amendments through the party room, said Senator Wong, who called on Mr Turnbull
to repudiate his wayward colleagues. Some senior coalition figures heaped
coal on the fire by claiming Mr Turnbull was "too green" for the
rest of the party, and a Nationals senator's claim that the emissions trading
scheme - amended or not - would not get past the Senate. On Tuesday, the
comments didn't stop - with Liberal backbencher Bronwyn Bishop announcing
Senator Minchin had got it right on the number of climate change sceptics
within the party. But Mr Turnbull would not waver from his traditional line
on Tuesday, saying he remained focused on the negotiations, refusing to
comment on his wayward colleague's comments. He reaffirmed his belief that
global warming was because of human activity.
opposition leader Julie Bishop later rejected Senator Minchin's comments
that the majority of the coalition gave no credence to man-made climate
might be Nick's personal view, and he's entitled to have a personal view.
It's not my view," she told Sky News. "My understanding is that
the party room gave Ian Macfarlane authority to negotiate a range of amendments
in good faith with the government." Senator Minchin's comments had
been pre-recorded "some weeks ago" and events had since moved
on, she said.
negotiations would not be derailed.
had a process in place, we are still proceeding to negotiate the matter,
we'll then come back to the party room and then we'll vote on it in the