Posted 24/04/2014 by Alex St John
The leader of the Palmer United Party (PUP), Clive Palmer, has this week expressed an intention not to support the Abbott Government’s Direct Action Plan
, the Coalition’s climate change policy, in light of reports that the Government was planning to tighten eligibility for the aged pension. Mr Palmer has suggested
that his party would block the policy in the Senate when three PUP senators take their seats after the first of July. The Environment Minister, Greg Hunt, cast doubt on this
by saying that the Direct Action Plan will be part of the federal Budget, which is traditionally passed by the Senate. Mr Palmer replied
that PUP could ‘reconsider its stance’ on passing the repeals of the carbon pricing mechanism
and the Minerals Resource Rent Tax
, if this happened. So which parts of Direct Action will actually need to be passed by the Senate? Read more...