Sky News Political Editor Andrew Clennell says the OECD’s Secretary-General Mathias Cormann is a “convert” to carbon pricing, after urging Australia to adopt a carbon price despite fighting against a carbon tax while in government.

“It just shows what happens when you take on a different role, and I guess there’s a particularly European view of how to deal with climate change,” Mr Clennell said.

The former finance minister “basically said we need a carbon price, having opposed Julia Gillard’s carbon tax and said it was a hoax in terms of reducing emissions.”

“But he defends his previous position to his current position by saying every country needs a carbon price, otherwise you’re just pushing emissions onto other countries.”

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