Abbott's crisis of legitimacy

Recent comments by the Prime Minister suggest the government has already decided to cut the Renewable Energy Target, even though the Warburton Review is yet to deliver its findings. Commissioning 'independent reviews' which deliver pre-determined outcomes doesn't fool anyone - and ultimately hurts the government's credibility.

As reported by Climate Spectator’s John Conroy on Friday, Tony Abbott made some remarks at an Australian Industry Group luncheon which suggest the government already intends to cut the Renewable Energy Target. This is even though it is yet to receive the recommendations of its hand-picked review panel, headed by Dick Warburton.

At the luncheon Abbott’s speech was preceded by a Graham Kraehe, chairman of BlueScope Steel, urging Abbott to cut green tape, specifically mentioning the Renewable Energy Target.

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