Opposition leader Bill Shorten has returned to the challenges of detailing his party's emissions reduction plan, saying the country cannot afford to take action on climate change.
In a debate on the first leaders' election campaign on Monday Monday in Perth, Prime Minister Scott Morrison demanded that Shorten outline the cost of his 45% reduction target by 2030.
In response to a call for a senior executive to enlighten voters, Shorten said he believed the Australians wanted to see a "real climate change action" and understood that this was a cost.
"This question" give us one number ", I don't think it's possible (but) if we want to stop environmental pollution, you have to spend some money, you have to do some actions," Shorten said. .
“I can categorically say that if we do not take real action on climate change, it will be a disaster for our economy.
“I can categorically guarantee that if we invest in climate change policies and are fair, we will have more jobs in the future… and lower energy prices.
"As with all climate change action, you need to invest to come back."
He said the party was committed to "the lowest cost reduction costs" and wanted to enforce a national energy guarantee proposed by Malcolm Turnbull as a mechanism to ensure security in the electricity sector.
Morrison said that climate change policy in Labor required the opposition to achieve a reduction of $ 1.3 billion in emissions over the next decade, and suggested that "great" spending of "companies forcing" foreign carbon credits be achieved.
"How much of this (reduction) will be done through this process and what is the cost of the economy?" Morrison asked.
"I mean, if there is a change … Australians deserve to know what the cost of change is."
Morrison said that while climate change requires "urgent action", the government has met the Kyoto targets of 2020 and now has a "climate surplus" because it has struggled to meet the Paris 20% reduction target of 28% to 28%.
The climate debate has also forgotten questions about electric vehicle labor policy, and Shorten has asked for the Nissan Leaf – one of the most popular electric cars on the market.
"I didn't buy a new car for a while, so I couldn't tell you," Shorten said.
Morrison said the electric car was $ 28,000 more than the gasoline equivalent.
The debate also asked leaders for a lack of confidence in politics, pointing to the spinning door of the leadership that was the basis of politics, as Kevin Rudd won the 2007 election.
Morrison said that both the Liberal and Labor parties made changes to their leadership rules to ensure that the leader could not be removed unless a huge number of deputies could do it.
"They cannot stand again and should not repeat themselves again … and this means that in these elections there will be an opportunity that I think of the Australian people for the first time after the Prime Minister has chosen this election. to be prime minister to serve in the next three years. "
The Perth debate was the first time two election campaign leaders met another "popular forum" scheduled for Friday night.