With all that and then some, it's time to scoot.
But before we do, what did we learn today?
- No one can make a big bang like Clive Palmer;
- No one can blithely walk away from questions like Palmer either;
- Al Gore clearly leads an interesting life post-politcs; and
- Canberra shows no signs of getting less strange in this post hung-parliament parliament.
Many thanks from Alex Ellinghausen and I.
See you tomoz.
A tale of two Hunts.
8:02am : Pre-Clive press conference 6:58pm : Post-Clive press conference The Environment Minister pic.twitter.com/i5PkGdkvXQ— Alex Ellinghausen (@ellinghausen) June 25, 2014
Labor Leader Bill Shorten has just issued a statement about Palmer's position.
"Climate change is serious issue that demands a serious and effective response, not a stunt ...
Labor has already voted to abolish the carbon tax in the Senate and replace it with a emissions trading scheme – and we'll do so again tomorrow.
The ball is in Tony Abbott’s court – he's the Prime Minister and it's his responsibility to tell Australians whether he intends on doing a deal with Clive Palmer."
"Our position has not changed."
Is your opposition to an ETS a deal breaker? If Clive Palmer insists on an emissions trading scheme, you won't accept his amendment?
"I am not being drawn on those issues," says Hunt.Back to top
What about an ETS?
"It has not been and it is not our policy. And that remains the position of the government."
Hunt adds that the government was no aware that Al Gore would be here at Parliament.
The Environment Minister says he has not spoken to the former US Vice President.
Hunt says that there are already guarantees in the carbon tax repeal legislation to guarantee that full cost savings will be passed on to families (like PUP is calling for).
But the government is "willing to provide additional guarantees".
Environment Minister Greg Hunt is in the Blue Room at Parliament House.
He says Palmer's announcement this evening "means that the Senate will be following the Coalition's plan. It is a plan we took to the last election."
"What we have seen today is vindication for the government."
(Apart from the bits about the CEFC and the Climate Change Authority.)
While attention was focussed on Clive Palmer and Al Gore in the Great Hall, the fuel tax passed the lower house.
The House is now debating the Carbon Faming Initiative Amendment Bill, which establishes the Emissions Reduction Fund to replace the carbon tax.
Labor is jumping up and down, accusing the government of shutting down debate (and not for the first time this week).
Government now gagging debate on their Emissions Reduction Fund Bill AKA their Magic Beans Acquisition Bill....— Tim Watts (@TimWattsMP) June 25, 2014
Gore has been brought out to Australia by the Australian Conservation Foundation.
He is here to train people to spread the climate change message in their communities.
Here is a vid of his comments in reponse to Palmer this evening.
Al Gore praises Palmer's 'significant' climate policy
Clive Palmer will move to introduce an emissions trading scheme, winning praise from former US Vice President Al Gore.
How do you think that went, Al?
Sky's David Speers says the Palmer will come back at some time tonight to answer questions.
This would be handy.
For one thing, maybe he could explain how his proposed ETS would have a "carbon price zero rated".
"There's something Al Gore should understand before sharing a stage with Clive Palmer ..."
Michael Pascoe writes about the Cirque du PUP.
Sometimes it is good to have a longer-term perspective from a chief political correspondent.
non-canberra dwellers expressing bewidlerment at eventsof the past hour. This place has been as weird as shit for the past six years.— Phillip Coorey (@PhillipCoorey) June 25, 2014
The Greens Leader Christine Milne has been a tweetin' her happiness about the bizarreness that just was.
Welcome Palmer United Party's support for Renewable Energy Target which is rolling out jobs and investment.— Christine Milne (@senatormilne) June 25, 2014
Glad Clive Palmer will support keeping the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. Having saved it twice, it now should be secure.— Christine Milne (@senatormilne) June 25, 2014
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Climate Change Authority plays a great role in climate policy and Greens welcome news of Palmer's support for its retention.— Christine Milne (@senatormilne) June 25, 2014
Mark Kenny, James Massola and Heath Aston have written about Palmer's announcement(s) here:
"Clive Palmer will demand that households benefit from Tony Abbott's move to repeal the carbon tax, while the government's plans to scrap the renewable energy target and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation have been thrown into doubt."
The PUP leader really is a master of stringing everyone along.
Who has dinner at 5.45pm?
we have saved the CEFC and the RET and now we urgently have to go to dinner thxbai— Scott Ludlam (@SenatorLudlam) June 25, 2014
There are no questions allowed.
After Palmer talks, Gore speaks briefly.
He thanks and congratulates Palmer for his "statements" and talks of the need for the world to meaningfully confront "the climate crisis".
The former US Vice President also says that he will still be disappointed if Australia's "immediate price on carbon is removed".
Then the presser is wrapped up.
Palmer says the two have a dinner to get to.
If journalists have questions they can ask his spokesman.
PUP senators will also vote against the abolition of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (in a move that should save the $10 billion fund).
They will also support the continuation of the 20 per cent renewable energy target before 2016 (after the next election).
PUP will vote against the abolition of the Climate Change Authority. And in doing so, will move an amendment to "provide for the establishment ... of an emissions trading scheme" (how 2009 is that?)
"This scheme would only become effective once Australia's main trading partners also take action to establish such a scheme," Clive says.
"If this amendment is supported and passed by the government, the world will know that once they act, they can be sure that Australia will respond in like terms."Back to top