.The Construction,Forestry,Mining and Electrical Union (CFMEU) says the release of figures warning that emissions trading will cost thousands of jobs is part of a scare campaign.
The Minerals Council says emissions trading will cost 23,000 jobs in the next decade .
Opposition spokesman Andrew Robb says that backs his call for the Government to dump its insistence on the scheme being passed next month. .
“The scheme is rushed,the scheme is ill-considered,the scheme takes us too far ahead of the world,”he said.
But opposition to the scheme continues to harden.
“Even on their own shonky report there’s a very significant growth in employment,”he said.
Today Liberal Senator Julian McGauran insisted he would not vote for any model of emissions trading scheme before the global climate talks in Denmark in December.
Professor Ross Garnaut had been dissatisfied with the Government’s emission reduction targets and the extent of industry support,saying it was a “line ball call”as to whether it was worth adopting the legislation.
Earlier today,the Federal Government’s former climate change adviser swung his support behind changes to its emissions trading scheme.
“The first of those measures was to put back on the table the condition of 25 per cent reduction in emissions by 2020,”he said.
Professor Garnaut told a Senate committee examining the legislation that recent changes have made a significant difference.
But he said while the scheme was still flawed,the changed legislation should be passed by Parliament