Federal Labor MPs tell VEXNEWS they â€œbreathed a sigh of reliefâ€ when Rudd finally made it clear yesterday that the policy had shifted a very way down the list of government priorities.
â€œThis needed to be killed, in full public gaze and Ruddâ€™s done it. Good on him,â€ an MP not normally known for his Rudd-love told VEX.
A CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY WITHOUT GLOBAL SUPPORT IS SYMBOLISM
If climate change is a global problem then it requires a global solution.
The disastrous Copenhagen conference last year demonstrated that there is no global consensus about the problem, let alone the possible ways of addressing it.
Last year, we argued that the government was making a huge mistake â€“ a politically and economically catastrophic one with absolutely no real impact on the climate â€“ by pursuing this policy while huge carbon emitters around the world showed no sign of adopting a similar approach.
The policy â€“ manically pursued by the details-focused and politically ignorant Penny Wong â€“ was going to cost Labor a lot of votes but even worse was going to cost a lot of jobs, purely by exporting them to countries that werenâ€™t taxing carbon at all.
It was bad policy. It was really bad politics.
And Kevin Rudd showed great courage in ditching it.
The easy thing in life is never conceding error. Never acknowledging a mistake.
Real leadership is not about crashing through or crashing with mad lefty schemes that no-one wanted except for the Greens political party who wanted it but only in an even madder form.
Real leadership is listening. And taking action.
It is clear now that Kevin Rudd over-egged the omelette when he spoke of the â€œgreat moral challenge of our time being climate change.â€
We can forgive him that because heâ€™s ultimately done the right thing.
The only Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme that can â€“ and should â€“ ever pass our Parliament is one that is endorsed by both sides of politics and is in accord with similar schemes adopted around the world.
It wasnâ€™t easy but the good guys won this argument. There were many sensible, worried and pragmatic people within the Rudd government who helped secure this victory. They should be congratulated for having the courage to stand up to a dominant paradigm that was far too inclined to attack opponents of the ETS on â€œmoralâ€ grounds.
And the Prime Minister should be congratulated for having the courage to change his mind.
WHINERS HAVE ONLY THEMSELVES TO BLAME
If he hadnâ€™t, heâ€™d have done much to damage this country.
Those attacking from the right should accept their victory graciously. Something sadly beyond a few. If you donâ€™t want to win policy arguments then perhaps you shouldnâ€™t be in politics, might be something for some to ponder.
Tony Abbott â€“ and his backers Nick Minchin and Kevin Andrews â€“ should take a bow. They might have neutralised climate change as an election issue but they did the right thing by their country in a way that should be long remembered. Without them, Turnbull would still be leader, the policy would have passed, tens if not hundreds of thousands of jobs would have been lost and the Liberals would have been slaughtered. They have done their party and their country great service.
But they canâ€™t credibly complain now that Rudd has listened and accepted their arguments. Gloat, by all means. But we should all be careful what we wish for, because we might get it. (Perhaps this also applies to newly discovered radio talent but thatâ€™s another story)
Those monstering from the left â€“ in the Greens political party â€“ have only themselves to blame. They voted down the CPRS in coalition with the Liberals. As is so often the case with the extreme left, their extremism prevented them for achieving any part of their objectives. May it ever be thus.
Despite all the Copenhagen â€œfriend of the chairâ€ nonsense and a very messy approach to policy development on this issue, itâ€™s now Kevin Rudd who looks like the sensible one. From where he started after the Copenhagen debacle and a whole 2009 wasted on climate change, thatâ€™s quite an achievement.