The Albanese Labor Government has put international deals ahead of Australian farmers – breaking an election promise and signing Australia up to the Global Methane Pledge.
Labor announced its commitment to reduce methane emissions by 30 per cent on 2020 levels by 2030 quietly on a Sunday afternoon under the cover of Budget week.
Prior to the election, Labor told the Australian public that it supported the Coalition’s position not to join the pledge due to the unfair cost burden it would place on the agricultural sector.
The move will come as a rude shock to Australian families and businesses that are already struggling with a cost-of-living crisis including skyrocketing power prices and interest rates.
Australian families and businesses like restaurants and cafes can now expect to pay more for a steak or milk as Labor moves to appease activists who want to end the beef and dairy industry.
Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy Ted O’Brien said the decision was yet another broken election promise that Australians will pay for.
“Labor pretended they stood with the Coalition in opposing this, only to reverse their position upon winning office,” said Mr O’Brien.
“Chris Bowen’s word cannot be trusted and Labor cannot be believed when they claim it won’t cost anything.
“It’ll be a tax by stealth as Labor’s 20 per cent methane cut morphs into additional costs for farmers. It is Labor’s T-Bone Tax.
“Farmers won’t be able to carry the additional costs and so it’ll be Australian families that pick up the tab.”