PM 'caved' on green tape

07 Dec, 2012 06:28 AM
NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell has accused Prime Minister Julia Gillard of ''caving in to pressure from green groups''
It's clear the Prime Minister caved in. She blinked to pressure from the green groups
NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell has accused Prime Minister Julia Gillard of ''caving in to pressure from green groups''

The NSW Premier, Barry O'Farrell, has accused Julia Gillard of ''caving in to pressure from green groups'' after the Prime Minister walked away from a promise to hand over environmental decision-making to the states.

Mr O'Farrell and the Victorian Premier, Ted Baillieu, told Ms Gillard they were ready to immediately sign a deal to reduce ''green tape'' at a meeting on Thursday also attended by senior business leaders.

But, as revealed by Fairfax Media, Ms Gillard had already decided to shelve the green tape deals because the negotiations were resulting in wildly varying arrangements between states and some state approval processes were inadequate.

''It's clear the Prime Minister caved in. She blinked to pressure from the green groups who wrongly characterised this as a watering down of environmental standards,'' Mr O'Farrell said, referring to a campaign by environmentalists and scientists against the proposed handover.

''This has wasted hours and hours of the time of federal and state bureaucrats to get to the point where we were ready to sign a deal.''

Business leaders, who heralded Ms Gillard's green tape promise as ''historic'' when it was made at their first formal advisory meeting with the Prime Minister and premiers in April, were also angry.

''We thought this was a brave move … The decision to ditch it came out of the blue,'' said Business Council of Australia president Tony Shepherd. ''You'd hope it wasn't because of the influence of the environmental campaigners, because the accusations they were making … were manifestly incorrect.''

Despite the premiers' anger, the meeting made it clear the Prime Minister's proposed energy regulation reforms were likely to win support from the states at the Council of Australian Governments meeting on Friday.

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7/12/2012 7:54:42 AM

What more can said - punt her now!
farmer barb
7/12/2012 9:02:20 AM

Why is anybody surprised at this turn around? After all we still have the, 'there will not be a carbon tax under a government I lead' ringing in our ears.
7/12/2012 9:43:52 AM

More likely the Gillard government came to the conclusion that they can't trust the States to look after the environment. Both the O'Farrell and Newman governments have made this abundantly clear - they can't be trusted. They've broken so many promises.
Ian Mott
7/12/2012 10:40:19 AM

This is straight out of the "Shonks and Spivs" operating manual. First make the announcement and garner maximum public approval for the appearance of making a long overdue and highly desirable reform. And then quietly cave in to the usual bunch of deluded green nutters for whom a complex of debilitiating and totally inconsistent measures is their idea of good governance. The morons retain the favourable impression created by the original fanfare while only the minority who carry the burden of her malgovernance are aware of her systematic duplicity.
7/12/2012 1:35:57 PM

And long may it stay on the shelf. Trust Barnett with such responsibilities? If anyone has had the misfortune to visit Riverside Drive lately they will be shocked at the destrucion and the heartless removal of the magnificent and iconic fig trees...and he may be given control of the rest of the state? No way!
Clark Kent
8/12/2012 9:06:31 AM

Cannot imagine Gillard suddenly abandoning her 'backflip' training program in the interest of the Australian citizens and voters - thank God the defnition for a voting democracy hasn't been changed in the Macquarie Dictionary (as yet). - Ah! an election, what a relief for all but the rent-seekers and asylum-seekers, bring it on sooner than later!!!


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