Following in the footsteps of the CPRS?

Labor is showing the signs of becoming obsessed about the Greens the same way they became obsessed by John Howard. Labor ministers have a point when they criticise the Greens for voting against the Rudd government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme but they sound rather like Greens complaining correctly that voters wildly overestimate the significance of […]

Environmental and microeconomic reform

Tony Abbott has claimed to seek a middle ground on climate change opposing the government’s ETS whilst promising to somehow reduce greenhouse gas emissions whilst maintaining employment in carbon-intensive industries. The later commitment is incompatible with the previous one. But more broadly Abbott displays a remarkable faith in the power of governments to direct economic […]

Workers and climate change

Do working-class voters support action on climate change? The National Party hopes not, it is vehemently opposed to the Rudd government’s Emissions trading Scheme (ETS). Does this reflect doubts about the scheme in regional Australia? Could Labor lose votes, particularly among working-class voters, in regional areas?