Mr Abbott says the Government does not have permission from the electorate to introduce a carbon tax, but refused to say if he would repeal it.
"I don't think the Government has a mandate....... if Julia Gillard] goes ahead with this tax it will look like a....... conspiracy of the Parliament against the people," he said.
Then the profound statement, power bills up by $300 a year or even more.
How can the Opposition environment spokesman Greg Hunt say the scheme will add $300 a year to power bills, and six cents a litre to petrol when no figures have been decided, indeed no decision will be made until next year..
"The intent is to drive up electricity prices so people suffer," Mr Hunt said.
Come on Greg have you ever seen any government deliberately cause suffering to their voters, no never.
Mr Abbott, "We will fight this every second of every minute of every hour of every day of every week of every month," he said. Is he copying a real statesman.
Few details were released beyond a timeline and a promise that all money raised would be spent on helping households and businesses and paying for climate change programs.
Agriculture would be excluded, as it was under the emissions trading model shelved by former Kevin Rudd last April.
The most contentious decisions - the tax starting price, how much it would increase each year, the amount of compensation for coal power plants and whether to include transport emissions - are yet to be discussed by the committee.