Tony Abbott moves to censure PM Julia Gillard
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has moved to censure Prime Minister Julia Gillard over what he calls her “massive betrayal” in introducing the carbon tax.
OPPOSITION LEADER Tony Abbott has moved to censure Prime Minister Julia Gillard over what he calls her “massive betrayal” in introducing the carbon tax.
The move to suspend regular proceedings is the first for the opposition since parliament resumed after a six-week midwinter break.
Mr Abbott said Ms Gillard must apologise to the Australian people for breaking her promise to not introduce a carbon tax during the 2010 election campaign.
“It’s the least she owes the Australian people,” he told parliament on Thursday.
He accused the government of a “double deception”.
“They went to the 2007 election promising an emissions trading scheme and they didn’t deliver it.
“They went to the 2010 election promising no carbon tax and they did deliver it.”
The prime minister suffered from “truth deficit disorder”, he said.
Mr Abbott said, that unlike Ms Gillard, his promise of repealing the carbon tax could be trusted.
“I am different,” he said.
“When I say something I mean it.”
Independent MP Tony Windsor supported the motion.
But he criticised Mr Abbott’s position on the carbon tax, calling him “an absolute disgrace”.
He reminded the opposition that the decision to adopt a carbon tax came about as a result of a hung parliament after the 2010 election.
“The leader of the opposition knows that very well because on a number of occasions he actually begged for the job,” Mr Windsor told the house.
“You’ve never denied it Tony.”
The motion was defeated 67-71.
After the vote, Mr Abbott said he wouldn’t have done anything to get the prime minister’s job.
“I wasn’t prepared to introduce a carbon tax in breach of my pre-election commitments,” he told parliament. – AAP