THE Coalition is considering a Senate motion that would postpone the final vote on the Government’s emissions trading scheme until next year.This would unite the fractured Opposition and ease the pressure on Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership.The Herald understands that while no decision has been taken whether to move the motion, it has been discussed at a senior level and is part of the tactics the Coalition will take to the debate.A senior source said the decision to use the motion would depend on the Government’s reaction to the amendments the Coalition puts to the emissions trading scheme.”There are a range of options available to us in terms of proceedings,” he said.The motion would be a procedural motion and moved as Parliament reconvenes on November 16 to debate the scheme. The Government wants a vote before Parliament rises on November 26.The Opposition’s emissions trading spokesman, Ian Macfarlane, said he believed the negotiations with the Government would go for the full 10 days of the sitting. But he cautioned: ”That’s assuming the Government wants the scheme. If they want to play politics then the negotiations will probably be over on Monday night”.But he said he was not putting forward an amendment to the party room to postpone the scheme until after the Copenhagen talks.The Climate Change Minister, Penny Wong, who will be the Government’s lead negotiator, is warning in advance that the amendments must be financially responsible, insofar as they maintain the revenue neutrality of the scheme, and are environmentally credible.The amendments were being finalised yesterday by Mr Macfarlane and will be put to a hostile party room for approval on Sunday. The backbench is likely to approve the amendments but a significant proportion opposes the leadership cutting any deal with the Government, no matter how good, before the climate change conference in Copenhagen in December.Mr Turnbull also wants the Government to wait until next year before the legislation, but argues the Coalition must be ready to negotiate because the Government will not wait.Joe Hockey, the man most likely to replace Mr Turnbull should he fall, will attend Sunday’s meeting as a show of support for his leader. His wife is due to give birth the next day.The Coalition will hand the amendments to the Government on Monday and the Government will have a response by the November sittings. Should it place Mr Turnbull or the Coalition in an invidious position, the delay motion would be moved.To succeed, the Coalition would need two extra votes. The crossbenchers Steve Fielding and Nick Xenophon have already said they would support a delay until next year.The Government’s manager of business, Anthony Albanese, said using the motion would breach Mr Turnbull’s pledge to negotiate in good faith. ”It is an act of a desperate Opposition led by someone under siege,” he said.
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