Direct Action: Good politics, bad policy

by Matt Grudnoff in Analysis & Policy Observatory
Originally published in Analysis & Policy Observatory on July 29, 2011

Last week Tony Abbott branded the Government’s target to reduce emissions by five per cent by 2020 as ‘crazy’, but the crazy thing is that the Coalition has the same target. Was this just Mr Abbott getting over excited in his attacks on the Government? A slip of the tongue similar to when he told us climate change was ‘crap’? Surely the Opposition Leader is being sincere in wanting to cut emissions? He even has a way of achieving it; the Coalition’s grandly named Direct Action Plan. But what is the Direct Action Plan?

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