A Party Like the Others: The Green Party Gets Questioned
This is now happening. Witness Chris Uhlmann in his interview with Bob Brown on ABC 1’s 7:30 last night:
Bob Brown: [Talking about compensation for the carbon price] We are going to compensate households but Tony Abbott will not. He is going to put all the money from households into the big polluters, estimated $720 per household by the end of this decade, either that or reduce 100,000 jobs in the country or start closing hospital wards and schools. To fund the big polluters. We will not do that.
Chris Uhlmann: That $11 billion you’re talking about is money that he would forego on the mining tax – and I notice you started your budget reply speech just there. How would you replace the $50 billion a year in export income which comes by way of coal, an industry you’d shut down?
BB: Well, a lot of that money is bouncing straight back out to shareholders overseas…
CU: The money is circulating in the economy; it’s creating jobs, senator. It’s bouncing through to our cities.
BB: And what we would do is take the advice of the Treasury of this nation and recoup the $145 billion over the next 10 years through a Super Profits Tax…
CU: But you can’t recoup if you shut the industry down. If you shut down the coal industry there won’t be the money available to you…
BB: Sorry Chris, but Treasury has no intention of shutting the industry down.
CU: No, but you do.
BB: No I’m not. No I’m not.
CU: Didn’t you say in 2007 that we have to “kick the coal habit”?
BB: No, ah, I did not, you’re looking at the Murdoch press, where I said back in 2007 that we should look at coal exports with a view to phasing them out down the line.
CU: It wasn’t the Murdoch press, it was a comment you wrote.