A Federal Labor backbencher says his party should allow the Coalition to scrap the carbon tax so its direct action policy can be exposed as a fraud.

South Australian Labor MP Nick Champion is the first in his ranks to argue the Coalition should be allowed to scrap the carbon tax and suffer the consequences.

Senior Labor MPs have already signalled that the party will block moves to abolish the carbon price.

But Mr Champion says Labor should oppose it in the Lower House and abstain in the Senate, to expose the Coalition's direct action policy as a disaster and an expensive waste of money.

"If the majority of people voted for bad policy, they simply need to see that experiment fulfilled," he said.

"I think it would be a disaster for [Tony] Abbott, it would be a disaster for the Liberal Party and hasten their demise.

"If the Liberal Party want to hang themselves, we should give them as much rope as they need.

Mr Champion says it would be foolhardy for Labor to stand up for carbon pricing at this time and they should instead give voters the opportunity to see if the Coalition's plan works.

"When it doesn't, I think then that consensus carbon pricing would return," he said.

Mr Champion says Labor should also allow the Coalition to implement its paid parental leave scheme, which he described as another bad policy.

These will be decisions for Caucus once a new leader is selected.

Labor MPs gather in Canberra on Friday and so far there are no declared candidates.

Former deputy prime minister Anthony Albanese could reveal his intentions as early as today.

Bill Shorten is the other leading contender.

 

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