Australia and Canada PMs agree over carbon tax

Australia and Canada PMs agree over carbon tax

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper have used their first leadership talks, to jointly condemn the idea of a carbon tax, or emission trading scheme.

As part of his tour of Europe and North America, Mr Abbott has stopped off in Ottawa overnight for talks with Mr Harper, where he has hailed the similarities between the two countries.

It come after US President Barack Obama has announced plans to cut carbon emissions by 30 per cent by 2030.

Both Prime Ministers have said such taxes on carbon emissions are job-killing measures, that would harm the economy.

Mr Harper says he agrees with Mr Abbott that measures to reduce carbon emissions must be taken, but not at the expense of the economy and jobs.

Mr Abbott will now head to the US, for talks with President Obama.

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