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Qld premier rules out state carbon tax

AAP logoAAP 8/12/2016 Jamie McKinnell and Melissa Grant

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczcuk has ruled out a state-based carbon tax after her South Australian counterpart suggested his and other states could go it alone.

Speaking ahead of Canberra's COAG leaders meeting, Ms Palaszczuk said her state had its energy mix right.

"We have a plan for 2030, 50 per cent renewables, we actually export into the national electricity market," she said after arriving in the capital on Thursday.

"Queensland - we're the energy state and we're in a pretty good position and I'm happy where we are at."

However, there was the need for a sound policy at national level, she said.

Jay Weatherill had said his first instinct would be to seek a national scheme, but an emissions intensity scheme could be done without federal support.

Ms Palaszczuk accused the federal government of being divided on the issue and highlighted her party's "very clear plan" to move towards 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030.

She rejected a state-based carbon tax on Thursday afternoon after Liberal National Party opposition leader Tim Nicholls demanded she rule it out.

She had previously ruled out the idea on May 11, when an issues paper that was released fuelled opposition accusations Labor was preparing for a state-based emissions trading scheme.

Mr Nicholls said South Australia's unreliable energy supply had hurt businesses and consumers and Queensland should not rely on its advice.

"It's ridiculous," he said.

"It would be the last place you would go if you were talking about energy security and a reliable and affordable power supply."

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