Aug 26, 2009

Albanese slams local Liberal sceptics in Parliament

Albanese slams local Liberal sceptics in Parliament

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

August 26 2009

Federal Member for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese, criticised Ashfield Councillor Nick Adams in Federal Parliament last week over comments he made that climate change was ‘a crock’.

Adams said “The whole thing is a hoax – it’s a swindle” and “Anyone that supports the ETS does not want jobs for all Australians. They are traitors.”

Mr Albanese told Parliament: “That is the position coming up from the ranks of the Liberal Party that the Leader of the Opposition has to deal with.

“We have seen from those opposite chaos and division—not a single amendment proposed to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) legislation because they could not agree between themselves.

“Those opposite have all week once again behaved like an absolute rabble. It is the climate change sceptics and the deniers who are controlling their party room, and the Leader of the Opposition has a very difficult task to bring his party, let alone the Nationals, into line so that we can truly have a united national position on climate change.”

The Rudd Labor Government’s CPRS legislation will reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.

The legislation is supported by a majority of Australians, according to recent opinion polls, as well as the Australian Conservation Foundation, WWF, Tim Flannery and others.

The Coalition needs to decide whether they are for or against action on climate change because quite frankly they are all over the shop from the Opposition Leader to Liberal local Councillors in the Inner West.