27 February 2012 – Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s decisive win in today’s leadership spill is a win for stronger climate policies than Kevin Rudd would have delivered.
Almost the first thing Rudd promised he would do if elected prime minister again was to weaken the carbon tax.
Gillard has come out a stronger, more compelling leader, her image animated by her anger at the challenge and internal rout the Labor Party has suffered in the past weeks and it could be enough to start turning the tide for her.
Today’s polls already showed Labor three points up on numbers from the weekend.
Her opportunity, and, now almost her political obligation, is to strengthen her point of difference against Rudd on climate change and ensure she sticks to her guns with the carbon tax.
Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, strongly rejected Kevin Rudd’s proposal for a review of the carbon price and a move to a floating price.
The move would be an attack on business certainty and set back important and hard won programs, she said.
“Mr Rudd should realise that, not only is a fixed price period designed to give business much greater confidence and certainty, and to provide time for the Climate Change Authority to develop its five year carbon budgets, but that it is the result of an enormous amount of work and good faith negotiation by many people,” Senator Milne said at the weekend.
It would have jeopardised the whole scheme by giving Tony Abbott much more influence over climate policy again before the community had a chance to see how it worked, she said.