Shorten rubbishes 'triple whammy' carbon tax claim

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has jumped on a leaked Labor document as evidence the Opposition would introduce a "triple whammy" carbon tax if returned to government.

Details emerged on Wednesday of a plan to create separate emissions trading schemes for households and the electricity industry, as well as changes to vehicle emissions standards that would push up the price of new cars by $1500.

Mr Abbott said under a Labor government "the boats would be back, the mining tax would be back and now we find out ... the carbon tax would be back".

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten called the suggestion "complete rubbish".

"Labor will not introduce a carbon tax," he said.

"We have a discussion paper about options for tackling climate change and not passing the problem on to future generations."


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