AUSTRALIAN Greens leader Bob Brown has challenged Opposition Leader Tony Abbott to a debate over the government’s planned carbon price.
Mr Abbott has mounted a spirited attack against the government’s plans, and Senator Brown said he would gladly hold a public debate over the issue.
“He’s one year down in this government, two years to come Tony,” Senator Brown told reporters in Hobart today.
“We’re waiting to get you in debate. You name the place and time, I’ll be there.”
Senator Brown said it didn’t matter whether the prime minister referred to the legislation as a carbon tax or a carbon price.
“It’s the outcome that matters, not the semantics,” he said.
“Tony Abbott might find it tricky. I find his prescription for taking money out of households through the tax system and giving it to the big polluters not just tricky, but downright irresponsible.”
Senator Brown said he was not concerned at the Australian Trade and Industry Alliance’s plans to spend at least $10 million on television, radio, print, the internet and social media advertisements to get its anti-carbon tax message across.
“Afraid of these big polluters? Not on your life,” Senator Brown said.
Interesting appraisal – Tony Abbott’s attack is “spirited”, somewhat lacking in logic and no backup whatsoever from anyone with any knowledge of the workings of things ‘economics’ nor from any reputable scientists. But let’s give it to him it’s “spirited”.
Will Tony Abbott do it? The tension builds..