The Methane Tax will be ‘Take Away the Backyard BBQ,’ Nationals Leader Warns

Leader of the centre-right Nationals Party has urged Labor not to adopt New Zealand’s style methane tax, saying it will cost Australians at the grocery store amid the cost of living crisis.

It comes following the news on Thursday that the Labor government is looking to pledge its support to U.S. President Joe Biden’s global pledge to reduce methane emissions by 30 percent by 2030.

Global Methane Pledge received support from more than 100 countries.

David Littleproud (Nationals MP) warned the government that this move could increase food prices as well as cause inflation. “another blow to families who are really struggling right now.”

Littleproud said that the Nationals wouldn’t support the methane pledge, which was described as a “stigma”. “sham”. “just an attack on our farms and ultimately Australian families.”

He asked Labor to cancel any previous commitments, and start “helping Australian families, rather than hurting them even more.”

“Australians are already hurting with petrol prices, electricity prices and food prices,”Littleproud.

“Now the Aussie BBQ is under threat. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese wants to take away the backyard BBQ.”

“We know Australians love their sausages, stakes, rissoles and lamb meals – all of that will become out of reach for many.”

“We do not want to see the Aussie BBQ available to only the rich – we urge Labor to reject the methane madness idea and embrace the Aussie BBQ spirit instead of destroy it.”

Australian Labor Government pushes for a Global Methane Pledge

Chris Bowen (Climate Change and Energy Minister) noted that government has begun to invest in technology that can reduce methane emissions from livestock.  His statement also indicated that the decision to join a global commitment is in progress and will be subject to further consultation.

“Countries joining the Global Methane Pledge voluntarily commit to working together to collectively reduce methane emissions,”He spoke.

“In this way, it is an aspirational, global goal rather than a domestic target.”

Meanwhile, the New Zealand government has taken on the proposal by the farming sector for a separate pricing system on greenhouse emissions, which includes paying tax on the methane produced by livestock, most notably its cows and sheep.

“The proposal aims to give New Zealand farmers control over their farming system, providing the ability to reduce costs through revenue raised from the system being recycled back to farmers, which will fund further research, tools and technology, and incentives to reduce emissions,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.

This pricing system is designed to make revenue. “flatulent”Through sequestration investments, transition aid, and sustainability research, tax will be returned back to agriculture.

Rebecca Zhu was a contributor to this report.

Nina Nguyen is a Sydney reporter. With a special focus on identity and cultural issues, Nina Nguyen covers Australian news. Fluent Vietnamese is her first language. Reach her at [email protected]

The Methane Tax will be ‘Take Away the Backyard BBQ,’ Nationals Leader Warns

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