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