Sometimes I wonder whether Andrew Leigh realises that Labor suffered a landslide defeat at the 2013 Federal election.
Now he is writing in The Australian that Tony Abbott should adopt Labor’s emissions trading scheme. That is, after promising to abolish the carbon tax, the Coalition should immediately apply a floating tax of the form Kevin Rudd promised – the Coalition should implement the policy that Labor took to the election.
Leigh claims the ETS would be a ‘low cost’ alternative to the carbon tax. Well if it were to be truly ‘low cost’ it would not achieve the objective that he so desires: to reduce Australia’s CO2 emissions to 5 per cent below 2000 levels. To achieve that target, the price of the tradeable permit would need to rise considerably above present levels, unless there is a major technological jump.
Leigh shows he is on the same page as Adam Bandt when he tries to associate the bushfires ravaging parts of NSW with climate change. This is scaremongering at its worst and shows that Leigh does not apply evidence-based policy.
Leigh also writes
Turnbull later described Direct Action as having the “virtue” of being easily terminated.
“If you believe climate change is going to be proved to be unreal, then a scheme like that can be brought to an end.” Not much consolation after the hottest 12 months on record.
Instead, Leigh sees virtue in cementing in place policies that cannot be changed irrespective of the views of future generations and parliaments. The NBN is a classic example of the Leigh doctrine – make it so difficult and expensive to change Labor’s NBN policy that it acts as a noose around the heads of Australians who rejected Labor. He wants to inflict Labor-standard devastation not just over the past six years, but well into the future.
I’ve written before that Leigh is a disgrace to Parliament. He is exhibiting entropy and decaying before our eyes. For Leigh, at least, Parliament is deskilling.