Labor feels the heat in climate change grudge match

No issue can undermine party unity quite like climate change.

11.10.2019

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No issue can undermine party unity quite like climate change.

This was revealing on two levels – the superficial and the substantive. Both hint at how toxic the Labor policy war could become.

, making front page news. Why now? Apart from the lure of the spotlight, what was the point?

The more substantive question was about his argument. First, he wanted Labor to abandon the emissions target it took to the election, which was a cut of 45 per cent by 2030 compared with the levels of 2005. Next, he wanted to adopt the maximum Coalition target of 28 per cent instead.

Morrison’s tactics tend to support this argument because his focus was on tax – income tax cuts, franking credits, negative gearing. These policies seemed to play a bigger part than climate in this year’s election. In any case, Labor is yet to complete its election review. Fitzgibbon wanted to surrender too soon.

One option being canvassed in the caucus is to go to the next election with a plan to review the target rather than giving voters a specific number. This may be impractical under sustained political pressure from the government.

The Greens would flay Labor for any softening in its ambition, but would a softer target win back voters? Labor would face a classic decision between left and right.

Read more: The Sydney Morning Herald

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