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6 Dec 2016 - 3:39 PM  UPDATED 6 Dec 2016 - 3:39 PM

Prime Minister Turnbull has dismissed suggestions he is considering a form of carbon pricing, assuring the public he will not bring back a carbon tax or in fact do anything to slow climate change.


“The liberal party is and has always been committed to never reviving the carbon tax, and never reviving the suffering, increasingly damaged environment where we live,” Turnbull told a press conference today.


“This climate change policy is just business as usual.  And that business is choosing to remain dangerously and possibly disastrously inactive on the pressing issue of climate change.”


With the government releasing its terms of reference for the policy review, leaving open the possibility of an emissions intensity scheme for the electricity sector, the Prime Minister has had to quell concern within his party that no plan to tackle climate change will be on the table now or in the future.


Outspoken conservative backbencher Cory Bernardi has been highly critical of Turnbull’s review of the party policies, calling the possibility of a carbon tax reintroduction “One of the dumbest things I have ever heard,” in an interview earlier today.


“Our party making policy changes to act on climate change? What an utter disgrace. Next thing you know we’ll be acting on pressing human rights issues or legislating for same sex marriage.”


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