Hinkler MP Keith Pitt
Hinkler MP Keith Pitt Simon Young

'Plan a trading scheme in disguise': Hinkler MP

A COALITION backbencher has hit out at Environment Minister Greg Hunt's climate policy deal with Clive Palmer, saying it has created "in essence, an emissions trading scheme".

The criticism from Hinkler MP and former electrical engineer, Nationals MP Keith Pitt, followed the deal being officially approved by the lower house on Monday.

Under the deal the government will create an emissions reduction fund, limited safeguard mechanisms to ensure polluters limit their pollution and the carbon farming initiative.

Mr Hunt has repeatedly denied the legislation is a carbon tax or an emissions trading scheme.

Legislation for the deal was rushed through the Senate before it was returned for brief debate and approval by the House on Monday

But Mr Pitt used an adjournment speech on Monday night to raise his concerns, including that the bill was "in essence, an emissions trading scheme".

"Despite the absence of a market, make no mistake that this so-called Direct Action Plan is a scheme that enables carbon credits to be traded between large emitters and carbon farming initiatives," he said.

Mr Pitt said the bill also put more regulatory pressure on businesses "at a time when the economy needs all the help it can get".

He said the government promised to make it easier for business, but the legislation was "a step backwards".


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