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It looks as if Australia and Canada are taking a lead on this.

FEDERAL cabinet has ruled that Australia will not sign up to any new contributions, taxes or charges at this week’s global summit on climate change, in a significant toughening of its stance as it plans to move within days to repeal the carbon tax.

Cabinet ministers have decided to reject any measures of “socialism masquerading as environmentalism” after meeting last week to consider a submission on the position the government would take to the Warsaw conference.

Lets not pull any punches on this matter. It doesn’t matter what the problem is, the solution is always the same – more government, and less accountability. More EU, more UN and less democracy.

Someone is finally saying “enough is enough”.

This doesn’t bode well for future negotiations on Sustainability and Agenda 21. At least, not from the point of view of the collectivists.

Whether this first brick will eventually turn back the tide, or merely temporarily divert the tsunami, remains to be seen.

What this new phrase is guaranteed to achieve is an outbreak of mass hysteria at the ABC, The Conversation, and Fairfax Media.

This will be enjoyable to watch.

Update: The article is behind a paywall, but Jo Nova has more of what is reported. Read it, it is delicious.

Update 2: Sod it, here is the article.

FEDERAL cabinet has ruled that Australia will not sign up to any new contributions, taxes or charges at this week’s global summit on climate change, in a significant toughening of its stance as it plans to move within days to repeal the carbon tax.

Cabinet ministers have decided to reject any measures of “socialism masquerading as environmentalism” after meeting last week to consider a submission on the position the government would take to the Warsaw conference.

A further document was produced after the meeting that outlines the government’s position.

The Australian has seen part of the document and it declares that, while Australia will remain “a good international citizen” and remains “committed to achieving the 5 per cent reduction” by 2020 of the 2000 levels of emissions, it will not sign up to any new agreement that involves spending money or levying taxes.

This rules out Australia playing any role in a wealth transfer from rich countries to developing nations to pay them to decrease their carbon emissions.

The decision hardens the nation’s approach to the UN’s negotiations amid a renewed push from less-developed countries this week for $100 billion a year in finance to deal with climate change.

Cabinet decided that Australia would consider joining a new scheme after 2015, but only if all the major global economies did likewise.

Senior ministers believe there is absolutely no chance of that happening.

The Abbott government has explicitly decided that it will not agree to any payments or accept any liabilities as part of any carbon agreement.

The government’s document also says that Australia “will not support any measures which are socialism masquerading as environmentalism”.

The document’s commitment that the government “will review its commitment in 2015 in light of the science and international developments” deliberately allows a range of policy outcomes.

In the unlikely event that all major economies move in a concerted way, Australia could join in. However, the language provides that if the science becomes more unclear, and if nations move away from their earlier enthusiasm for action, then Australia also could wind back its efforts.

This explicitly does not mean winding back on the 5 per cent reduction target for 2020, but does mean that after 2020 things are less clear.

The government’s document also says Australia’s efforts on greenhouse gases will be conditioned by “fiscal circumstances”.

This does not mean the Coalition’s already announced financial commitments are in doubt, but indicates it is unlikely the government will spend substantial new sums of money, beyond what has already been announced, on reducing carbon outputs.

Tony Abbott has signed off on the new stance as he assures households he will cut their cost of living by abolishing the carbon tax, with the repeal bill to go to parliament on Wednesday morning.

The Prime Minister moved last night to intensify political pressure on Bill Shorten to back the repeal, telling voters in an online video message that the Coalition policy would cut their power bills.

“You’ve already voted on the carbon tax but now it’s the parliament’s turn. This is my bill to reduce your bills,” Mr Abbott said in the video released last night.

“Abolishing the carbon tax will reduce the average household’s cost of living by $550 a year.”

But Labor and the Greens are set to stymie the repeal in the upper house, pushing for an inquiry to criticise Mr Abbott’s direct-action policy to spend $2.8 billion on carbon abatement schemes.

“We would scrap the carbon tax, so long as there was real and effective policies to tackle climate change,” the Opposition Leader said yesterday. “But if the Liberals have their way, and they’ve got this silly policy of direct action, which is just paying big polluters to pollute – we’re not going to have a bar of that.”

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The timing of the Warsaw conference on climate change is difficult for the government. It has decided that neither Environment Minister Greg Hunt nor Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will attend.

The Abbott government does not expect any significant progress to occur at the Poland meeting.

Ms Bishop will be at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting while part of the conference is on, and then at the annual AUSMIN talks as the Warsaw conference draws to a conclusion.

The government regards AUSMIN, the annual foreign and defence ministers’ meeting between Australia and the US, as vastly more important.

Mr Hunt will be in parliament supervising the introduction of the legislation to repeal the carbon tax while the Warsaw conference is on. However, the government would most likely not have sent a minister in any circumstances as it does not believe the meeting will be of great significance.

Mr Abbott has been strongly critical of agreements in which Australian funds are used to buy permits that are meant to fund cuts to greenhouse gas reductions in other countries – a key mechanism in the global talks.

The Coalition based its criticism of Labor policy on official forecasts showing Australian emissions would rise over time and that the 5 per cent target was only reached by purchasing overseas permits at an eventual cost of $150bn a year in 2050.

“This is by far the biggest wealth transfer from Australians to foreigners that’s ever been contemplated,” Mr Abbott said of purchasing offshore carbon permits.

By formalising these concerns in official policy, federal cabinet is preparing to counter any move at the Warsaw talks to accelerate climate change financing deals meant to be worth $100bn a year.

On a per-capita basis, Australia’s contribution to the $100bn in global climate change finance would be $2.4bn or more.

The government believes it is appropriate to have the Australian delegation led by the Climate Change Ambassador, Justin Lee, who was appointed by Labor and has led numerous Australian delegations to climate change talks.

9 Comments

  1. Paul Marks says:

    Agenda 21 is killing people – burning men, women and children alive.

    For centuries a central task of people living in a dry and hot climate (yes some places have had a dry and hot climate for centuries) has been to clear brush and trees near their houses.

    In parts of Australia this has been FORBIDDEN by local government – people have not been allowed to cut down trees (and so on) on their property near their houses. Thus, when their is a fire (and there have been fires for centuries) these people (and their children) burn to death.

    And the real source of these local government regulations (not just in Australia but in many places) that violate private property by forbidding the cutting down and removal of trees and other such that are close to houses is……..

    Agenda 21.

  2. Julie near Chicago says:

    Well I for one hope it’s decided that enough is too much.

    Go Aussies!

    (Or maybe I should say, Stay home Aussies!)

    And, *Bleep* Sustainability and A-21. :)

  3. Talwin says:

    I’ve reached an age where I don’t do ‘high-fives’ or air punching; but every now and then you read something……………

  4. adams says:

    The Ausssie PM needs to watch himself . He will be put on the polonium diet . I hope he runs a geiger counter over his barbie . I am not joking folks .

  5. CountingCats says:

    Adams,

    Won’t make a difference, the chef would have to find a way to take out the cabinet and party as well. There are too many people who would pursue the same policies is the current PM were to leave the stage.

  6. RAB says:

    Very hopeful Cats, perhaps the worm is turning, but I wouldn’t bank on it just yet. We just had the biggest Typhoon in history (oh really, on whos reckoning?) and we know what’s getting the blame… again… don’t we?

    What needs to be said out loud, long and proud, is that the UN is trying to get the rich developed world to pay compensation to the poor developing world for not developing, and continuing not to develop. Those reparations will go to the usual Kleptocrats that have stolen power in those lands, and to their families, clans, friends and cronies, but nothing will trickle down to the subsistence farmers and the urban slum dwellers at all. They will be still eating dung sandwiches warming their hands over a flambe cowpat in a house of straw or tin or matchwood that even an asthmatic wolf could huff and puff and blow in.

    Oh yes the Kleptos and their wives will still be shopping in Paris, London and New York, and the august members of the UN will be rubbing their hands in glee (most of the Kleptos are their relatives after all, how do you think they got into the UN in the first place?) and the winters will still be cold and the summers hot, somewhere and everywhere, but we in the developed world will be several trillions out of pocket for no ostensible benefit to us or to them in the third world at all.

    The only way to develop the developing world is to trade with it and make it as rich as we are. But this is too simple and logical for Progressives to get their head around, isn’t it? Give people money and they squander it, then come back with their hands out for more. Make them work and trade for it and they may just value themselves and us a bit more.

  7. Lynne says:

    Careful, Cats. If the antipodean socialist paradise gets dismantled quickly and thoroughly I’m thinking that a relocation to Oz might very well be on the cards…

  8. CountingCats says:

    Lynne,

    Since arriving on Queensland’s sunny Gold Coast twelve years ago I have spent near every day, summer and winter, dressed for a London summer.

  9. Watchman says:

    On the typhoon’s size, it turns out 235 mph wind speed was wrong – kph, fine (apparently, like most of the world, the Phillipines use metric measurements), but I doubt that’s the strongest typhoon ever. Devastating, but not particularly unusual (wierd how devastating weather can be).

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