More than hot air

CLIMATE Change Minister Penny Wong has defended Labor’s climate change policy saying it creates a clear path for the introduction of a carbon price.

Labor is under attack from green groups for backing away from a commitment to establish an emissions trading scheme by 2011.

Instead it has delayed its introduction until at least 2013 and even then Prime Minister Julia Gillard has said it needs community consensus.

“I think it gives us a clear path (on a carbon price) and she’s made it very clear she wants this to be something that is not subject to the swings and roundabouts inside the Liberal party room,” Senator Wong told the Ten Network yesterday.

“What we are saying is we want to put a limit on pollution with a market mechanism.

“If you are serious about tackling climate change you have to put forward policies which place a price on carbon, which makes polluters pay.”



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