I think that those Neanderthal, knuckle-dragging, climate change denying, inbred Libs may have made a tactical error in allowing Malcolm Turnbull to retire to the backbench after losing party leadership by just one vote.
2 December 2009
Today the Senate rejected, for the second time, the Government's emissions trading scheme legislation.
This is a very disappointing result, contrary to the national interest and the interest of the Liberal Party.
Australia needs to get on with the business of cutting its greenhouse gas emissions. We recognised that in Government and started legislating for an ETS. As Mr Howard has observed, the Rudd Government's ETS is very similar to the one we, as Liberals, took to the last election.
We had a number of objections to the legislation and back in October the Party Room approved us proposing amendments to the Government which were, in large measure, accepted by the Government. The Party Room last week accepted the Shadow Cabinet's recommendation that an agreement be reached between the Opposition and Government to pass the amended bill.
These amendments would have protected thousands of jobs and ensured Australia's ETS was more environmentally effective. For more on that agreement click here.
Since then of course there has been both a change of Leader of the Opposition and a decision to renege on the agreement with the Government. Hence the rejection of the legislation.
I set out my arguments for supporting the amended legislation last Thursday night and the transcript of that press conference is here.
Meanwhile I just hope that Abbott doesn't own a cat!