The WA Greens have labelled the Opposition Leader Mark McGowan a dinosaur after he revealed he does not support the Federal Government's Carbon Tax.

The Premier Colin Barnett had been calling on Mr McGowan to declare whether he supported the tax or not but the Labor leader refused to be drawn saying it was a federal issue.

However yesterday Mr McGowan finally revealed he does not support the tax.

Greens MP Robin Chapple says that is disappointing.

"We as the state of Western Australia are the largest emitters per capita anywhere in the world of CO2," he said.

"We've got to do something about it. This state government has refused to do anything about it and it appears that now the Labor party is joining the ranks of the ostriches and burying their heads in sand."

Mr Chapple says the Opposition Leader is 'hiding from reality'.

"We've already got one dinosaur in the state with Colin Barnett, now we've got two," he said.

"Everybody in the international arena is now saying that the Gillard government got it right with the carbon tax so for Mark McGowan to actually say that he doesn't support a carbon tax or that it's not a state issue is literally hiding from reality."

Political analyst Peter Kennedy says Mark McGowan has timed his announcement well.

"It's getting closer to the election. Mr McGowan decided not to use all his powder months ago and he's decided to defer some of the decision to closer to the poll and this decision about the Carbon Tax is one of them," he said.

"I think it'll enhance his position with the WA public because Mr Barnett's tried to say that WA Labor would dance to Federal Labor's tune and this is an indication from Mr McGowan that that's not the case.

"That WA Labor's going to make decisions that it believes are in the best interest of Western Australians."

 

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