Malcolm Turnbull delivered a long election announcement on Sunday (20 minutes in length), touching on "jobs and growth", youth internships, negative gearing and asylum seekers.
That's right. According to the PM "if you want to have less of something, you increase the tax on it." Simple. Immediately people asked, um, like carbon emissions?
It's basic economics.
The Coalition scrapped Australia's carbon tax when it came to government and replaced with a "direct action" policy.
Turnbull himself once advocated fearlessly for an emissions trading scheme, which would put a price/tax on carbon.
Labor has promised to bring back an emissions trading scheme if they win this election.
Even Tony Abbott once said the exact same thing. Back in 2009 he gave an interview to Sky News and suggested putting a "simple tax" to control emissions.
People also noticed that Turnbull mentioned the words "climate change" a grand total of zero times in his election pitch.
How things change. Flashback to when Turnbull crossed the floor of the parliament back in 2010, saying it was "impossible" to vote against an emissions trading scheme.
Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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