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Coalition, Nats don't support carbon tax

AAP logoAAP 5/12/2016

Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce says the Liberal and Nationals' policy on a carbon tax is quite clear - neither supports it.

He said the government remained committed to reducing carbon emissions and and would exceed the commitments made at the Paris climate conference.

Labor introduced a carbon tax but it was abolished soon after the coalition won the 2013 election.

It now seems to be back on the agenda with Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg announcing a review of climate changes policies.

He said there was potential for a scheme where power generators could pay for emissions above a particular level.

But he said it was a question of waiting to see what the review recommended.

Mr Joyce said he could only say what the position of the coalition is now.

"And I can tell you what the position of the National Party is now - we don't support a carbon tax," he told ABC television.

Mr Joyce said we would know if the Green Army was axed in the mid-year economic forecast.

That was the Abbott government's scheme to use young unemployed on environment projects.

"Let's start from the start. We're in a budgetary position of trying to turn around the books of our nation. If we don't have to turn them around, we'll lose our credit rating and we'll keep going out the back door," Mr Joyce said.

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