I took a poll in the Sydney Morning Herald today - who would I prefer as Opposition Leader, Turnbull or Abbott and the result was overwhelming for Turnbull. He’s between a rock and a hard place at the moment and he's rocking the Liberal boat - he doesn’t like the Opposition’s “direct action” plan - but has to pretend that he does.
He points out that the Coalition supported an emissions trading scheme under John Howard and went to the 2007 election with it as Liberal policy and yesterday he accused Abbott of changing his mind. He once supported a carbon tax then moved on to supporting a market-based emissions trading scheme but when he snatched the leadership off him, he suddenly decided that there would be no emissions trading scheme at all.
He insists he has given Mr Abbott complete “consistency and loyalty” but didn’t explain why he still personally supports a market-based emissions trading scheme or why he was having this conversation with ABC radio. He went further and said that the Opposition’s “direct action” plan was expensive and easy to dump.
When asked if he thought the Government’s carbon price had merit he said “Look, I think the best thing I can do is not express a personal view and just simply say that the Coalition’s policy is to be opposed to it.”