- Flashback: Tony Abbot — Let’s Be Under No Illusions the Carbon Tax was Socialism Masquerading as Environmentalism”
by https://www.abc.net.au/news/ , 26 Oct 2013
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has used Labor’s internal leadership rivalries as ammunition to goad the Opposition into helping scrap the carbon tax. Mr Abbott wants legislation to end the tax passed by Christmas, but has so far failed to secure enough support in the Senate.
In a speech to party faithful at the Tasmanian Liberal Party conference in Hobart, Mr Abbott said Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s change of heart on the Labor leadership is evidence he can alter his position. Mr Shorten cleared the way for a last-minute change in prime minister before the 2013 federal election when he switched his support from Julia Gillard to Kevin Rudd.
Mr Abbott took a swipe at the Opposition Leader, calling him “Bill ‘Shock’ Shorten” and saying: “We know that he’s capable of changing his mind.” “We remember what he said about Julia Gillard until quite recently. He changed his mind about her. “Well, Bill, if you can change your mind on your colleagues you can change your mind on something of far more weight to the people of Australia.”
Mr Abbott also said the carbon tax was a socialist policy in disguise. “Let’s be under no illusions the carbon tax was socialism masquerading as environmentalism,” he said. “That’s what the carbon tax was.”
More than 150 members attended the address and gave the Prime Minister a standing ovation as he entered the room.