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The Hon Peter Garrett MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

Greg Hunt spreads Tony Abbott's Climate Change falsehoods

Media release
6 January 2010

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The Liberal Shadow Minister for Climate Action Greg Hunt has started 2010 the same way Tony Abbott finished 2009, making up falsehoods about the Government's Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.

The new Opposition Leader spent the last 6 weeks of 2009 claiming the Government's CPRS would cost the average family $1100 a year.

On the last day of 2009 Mr Abbott was finally forced to admit that his $1100 figure was based on nothing more than a Google news search, he was simply making it up.

Unfortunately Mr Abbott's bad habit of 2009 has become Greg Hunt's bad habit of 2010.

On 6PR radio this morning the Shadow Minister for Climate Action repeated Tony Abbott's favourite misleading and untruthful climate change falsehood:

HUNT: I think the $120 billion tax or $1,100 per listener, if you've got people, whether they're in Swan or whether they're in Freemantle or whether they're in Albany or up the coast, they are going to have $1,100 per family, and it's extraordinary that almost nothing of that $1,100 or $120 billion at the national level will be spent on actually reducing emissions.

Greg Hunt's decision to repeat Tony Abbott's false figure is more proof that you cannot trust the Liberal Party when it comes to climate change.

The Leader of the Opposition and the Shadow Minister for Climate Action are simply making it up as they go along, with no concern for the truth and no concern for the facts.

The reality is that credible economic analysis on the impact of the CPRS is contained in detailed modelling undertaken by the Treasury - the biggest economic modelling exercise in Australian history.

The impact on households is based on this modelling, and has been updated to reflect changes in the expected carbon price.

It found that the CPRS would cause prices to rise by 1.1 per cent in 2013 - on average costing $624 a year.

To help with cost increases, the Rudd Government will provide direct cash assistance to most Australian households.

A total of 90 per cent of all households will receive assistance and on average these households will receive around $660 of compensation in 2013.

On average low income households are $190 better off under the CPRS - because the average price impact for low income households is $420, while their average annual assistance is $610.

Mr Howard, Mr Costello, Mr Turnbull and the Rudd Government all believe a CPRS is necessary to act on climate change because:

Over thirty countries, including all of the European Union, Japan, the United States of America, and New Zealand have either introduced or are introducing a CPRS.

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