Gil­lard coy on Greens role

Townsville Bulletin - - National Snapshot -

PRIME Min­is­ter Ju­lia Gil­lard has re­fused to ex­plic­itly say that the Aus­tralian Greens forced her to in­tro­duce a car­bon tax – in­stead in­sist­ing the de­ci­sion came out of the multi-party cli­mate change com­mit­tee. Ms Gil­lard’s re­fusal to ac­knowl­edge the mi­nor party’s role led the coali­tion to claim she was be­ing se­cre­tive and de­cep­tive. Op­po­si­tion cli­mate ac­tion spokesman Greg Hunt said the Prime Min­is­ter’s stonewalling just was not on. ‘‘ It’s time for Ms Gil­lard to let Aus­tralians into the se­cret,’’ Mr Hunt said in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

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