PM does some straight talking

FEDERAL POLITICS

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has wasted no time attacking the Labor Party’s new energy and climate change policy that mirrors the Coalition’s plan for net-zero emissions by 2050 but proposes heavier cuts by 2030. In this exclusive interview Mr Morrison outlines his concerns about Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese’s new plan.

The Bug: You’ve said that if Labor wins office its 43% emissions cut will end up being higher because it will need the support of the Greens to legislate a 2030 target.

Scott Morrison: No I haven’t said that. What I’ve said is that if Labor wins office its 43% emissions cut will end up being much higher because it will need the support of the Greens to legislate a 2030 target.

The Bug: Err…. yeah. Okay. But my point is that no government is likely to have a majority in the Senate, so your attack is predicated on the Greens influencing a Labor Government’s climate policy by virtue of the balance of power the Greens may hold in the Senate. So how can….

SM: The Greens would run a Labor Government. They always do.

The Bug: But your other argument seems to be that if there’s a hung parliament Labor would need the Greens to form government in the lower house, so they would impose stricter targets.

SM: In addition, let me add that the Greens would run a Labor Government. They always do.

The Bug: You’ve made that point, but if there is a hung parliament….

SM: If I can just finish my answer to your question?

The Bug: Okay, go ahead.

SM: Thanks. I also make the important point that the Greens would run a Labor Government. They always do.

The Bug: Isn’t that what you just said?

SM: No, what I said was that the Greens would run a Labor Government. They always do.

The Bug: Er…. yeah. Right. But my point is, if the Greens hold sway in the Senate after the next election and you are returned to office, then your own climate policy is not certain to be passed unamended. In fact if you win there’s a chance nothing you propose on climate change will pass the Senate at all.

Scott Morrison: Let me answer that by setting out a few basic facts. First,if Labor wins office its 43% emissions cut will end up being higher because it will need the support of the Greens to legislate a 2030 target.

The Bug: You’d said that already. But if there is a hung parliament then you’d most likely look to form government in an alliance with MPs who are climate sceptics. So again, nothing would happen under you.

SM: I can address that if you let me finish my answer.

The Bug: Go ahead.  

SM: Second, if Labor wins office its 43% emissions cut will end up being higher because it will need the support of the Greens to legislate a 2030 target.

The Bug: You’d said that already.

Scott Morrison: Third – and most importantly – if Labor wins office its 43% emissions cut will end up being higher because it will need the support of the Greens to legislate a 2030 target.

The Bug: You’d said that already. My point is….

SM: If I can finish my answer?

The Bug: I thought you had, but okay.

SM: Let me add this very important point: the Greens would run a Labor Government. They always do.

The Bug: Is this how the campaign is going to unfold?

Scott Morrison: What do you mean?

The Bug: Are you just going to make shit up – tell lies basically – and ignore questions just so you can repeat lie after lie just like you did in 2019?

SM: While I don’t accept the premise of any of your questions. I’d like to address each of them.

The Bug: Good.

Scott Morrison: On your first point, if Labor wins office its 43% emissions cut will end up being higher because it will need the support of the Greens to legislate a 2030 target.

The Bug: Oh fuck!

SM:  On your second point, let me say the Greens would run a Labor Government. They always do.

The Bug: Let’s end it there shall we?

Scott Morrison: Oh, okay. In case we don’t talk again let me say…

The Bug: Oh yeah. Of course Prime Minister, I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

SM: Thanks. Same to you and yours and everyone at The Bug. And might I add on a personal note that if Labor wins office its 43% emissions cut will end up being higher because it will……

The Bug: [indistinct screams]

SM: ….. need the support of the Greens to legislate a 2030 target. And the Greens would run a Labor Government. They always do.