Cowper Greens ask who pays for Coalition's Direct Action?
MID North Coast Greens are determined the Coalition's Direct Action plan for climate change won't be the forgotten issue of the September 14 federal election.
With the Coalition proposing to repeal carbon pricing as their first act if elected, The Greens are alarmed at the prospect of a carrot and stick approach handing taxpayer funds over to big polluters, resulting in hidden cuts to services and increased taxation.
Greens candidate for Cowper, Carol Vernon, said she couldn't help noticing Opposition Leader Tony Abbott appears to have gone cold on laying out a funding strategy for the policy.
"The fact that any mention of Abbott's Direct Action plan was noticeably absent in his Budget reply clearly demonstrates his, and the Coalition's view, on addressing climate change," Ms Vernon said.
"Tony Abbott once described climate change as 'crap'.
"The Direct Action plan would tax working families to pay the big polluters, so maybe it's a good thing that it's been omitted.
"However, if we have a change of government come September, how will we cope with the consequences of his 'lack of action' plan?"
Her comments echo those of parliamentary leader Senator Christine Milne who said Mr Abbott's decision to exclude "direct action" from his commission of audit shows how economically unsound it is.
"Direct Action is totally a government funded and administered program," she said.
"Far from being upfront, honest and open, this is a sneaky move from Tony Abbott designed to ensure his economically illiterate polluter-pays carbon plan faces no scrutiny.
"Direct Action with its big government handouts to polluters makes a lie of Tony Abbott's claim of being for small government."
A 2011 analysis by The Australia Institute claimed the Coalition's proposed Direct Action Plan to combat climate change is likely to cost $11 billion per year, or on average $1,300 per household, and require hundreds of specialist public servants to administer it.
Speaking on Prime-7 this week, Nationals Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, said "removing the impost of the Carbon Tax will see a 10% reduction in electricity bills and a 9% reduction in gas bills."