Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is against Malcolm Turnbull’s energy policy. Picture: AP
Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is against Malcolm Turnbull’s energy policy. Picture: AP

Abbott takes on PM over energy 'carbon tax'

MALCOLM Turnbull is facing a revolt from inside his own party as Tony Abbott and other conservative MPs hit out against the Prime Minister's energy policy.

The Australian reports that Mr Abbott is pushing back against a plan to allow power companies to meet emissions targets by buying permits from overseas.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and former prime minister Tony Abbott are at odds over energy policy. Picture: AAP
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and former prime minister Tony Abbott are at odds over energy policy. Picture: AAP

"I don't support carbon trading, which is a carbon tax under a different name, and I certainly don't support overseas carbon credits being available to Australian businesses," he told The Australian.

"That just means that Aussie consumers end up shovel­ling our money to foreign carbon traders, and we all know the ­potential for rorts there."

Nationals MP George Christensen. Picture: AAP
Nationals MP George Christensen. Picture: AAP

The Australian reports that Liberal backbencher Craig Kelly and the Nationals' George Christensen are supportive of Mr Abbott's position.

Liberal MP Craig Kelly. Picture: The Australian
Liberal MP Craig Kelly. Picture: The Australian

Deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop, who has backed Mr Turnbull's proposal, seems at odds with her own position back in 2011 when she attacked the Gillard government's support for international carbon credits.

"It is naive at best for the prime minister to assume that such a scheme will emerge, given the clear signals internationally that major emitting nations are moving away from trading in carbon credits," Ms Bishop wrote at the time.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull with Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop. Picture: Gary Ramage
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull with Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop. Picture: Gary Ramage

"Of more concern is that Julia Gillard appears blithely or wilfully unconcerned about the fraud and criminal activity that has beset trading in carbon credits."

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