She says she advised the dropping of the ETS because it didn’t have enough voter support (suspect that this line is at least partially code for “the legislation was a crock”).
“I was concerned that if you were going to do something as big to your economy as put a price on carbon, with the economic transfer that implies … you need a lasting and deep community consensus to do it,” she said.
“I don’t believe we had that last and deep community consensus.”
“I believe in climate change. I believe it’s caused by human activity and I believe we have an obligation to act,” she said.
“I will be making some statements about some further things we can do to address the challenge of climate change as we work to that lasting and deep community consensus.” [ABC News]
Combine that with her stand against a “Big Australia”:
“Australia should not hurtle down the track towards a big population,” she told Fairfax.
“I don’t support the idea of a big Australia with arbitrary targets of, say, a 40 million-strong Australia or a 36 million-strong Australia. We need to stop, take a breath and develop policies for a sustainable Australia.
“I support a population that our environment, our water, our soil, our roads and freeways, our buses, our trains and our services can sustain.”
She made sure to say that this didn’t mean she was against immigration though, noting that skilled workers are vital for Australian businesses to grow.
That’s two of my bleeding heart green lefty boxes ticked. Which means that if the Gillard govt sorts out the rancid mess that is the mandatory internet filter then I might just vote for my Federal Labor candidate for MP this time around (my State vote is definitely going to the Greens).
Strategically, voting Greens in the Senate makes it more likely for these laws I like to be passed. If the Greens hold the balance of power in the Senate, then the Labor Caucus knows that they will have to deal with them rather than shift further to the right to placate the LNP.