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Australia Will Now Have A Fourth Straight Election On The Emissions Trading Scheme

Labor confirms it'll take an ETS to the 2016 election, nine years after it was first raised.

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Nine years after prime minister John Howard first promised an emissions trading scheme, Australia will be subjected to a fourth straight election debating the worthiness of an ETS.

Labor leader Bill Shorten has confirmed that he'll make an emissions trading scheme the centerpiece of his environment policy at next year's election.

"We have been clear, though, that we will take to the 2016 election an emissions trading scheme, a scheme that will place a legal cap on carbon pollution that then lets business work out the cheapest and the most effective way to operate," he said.

Tony Abbott's unshakeable commitment to fight all carbon pricing regimes means that ANOTHER Australian election will be fought on an ETS. Make no mistake, this will be the fourth election in a row.

He lost.

Kevin Rudd as prime minister then famously called climate change, "the greatest moral challenge of our time", tried and failed to construct a global climate change agreement, and was thrown out by his party.

Across the aisle the ETS issue also poisoned Malcolm Turnbull with the Liberal leader turfed by the right-wing, climate deniers in his party.

He got it done.

Which brings us to now and the feeling of dread because after nearly a decade talking about the same thing we've not acted decisively either way on an ETS.

Mark Di Stefano is a political editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

Contact Mark Di Stefano at mark.distefano@buzzfeed.com.

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