Greens will fight the Coalition on Carbon Tax

THE Greens will fight a Coalition plan to scrap the carbon tax if it wins the election, calling for Labor to commit to the retention of the tax under a potential Liberal-National government.

Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt on Sunday called for Labor to commit to the tax after reports the Coalition would move for a double dissolution election if Labor and the Greens blocked conservative legislation.

Coalition environment spokesman Greg Hunt told The Weekend Australian the coming election would be a referendum on the carbon tax.

He said if Labor did not respect the result of the election the Coalition would move for a double dissolution election within 12 months of taking office.

Mr Bandt said the comments showed Opposition Leader Tony Abbott would "stop at nothing to implement his disastrous plan for the environment".

He said Mr Abbott would not guarantee electricity prices would fall after the carbon tax was removed; saying more Greens in parliament was "the only way to protect the environment".

Mr Hunt said confirmed the Coalition had a wide-ranging plan for change to environmental policies, including a one-stop shop for assessments for major projects, which was prepared for the business community last year.

Topics:  carbon tax coalition federal election 2013 greens

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