Senate abolishes carbon tax

Senate abolishes carbon tax

The Senate has today repealed the former Labor government’s carbon tax, with the support of key crossbenchers, including the Palmer United Party.

It is the third time the legislation has been voted on in the Upper House, after amendments were passed in the House of Representatives on Monday, at the request of PUP.

Earlier the Senate voted down a Labor party amendment to convert the carbon tax to a floating carbon price.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says today is a day which shows it is clear the government is proving it will deliver on its promises.

Mr Abbott has also praised Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt, in ensuring the tax was abolished.

He also says it is now up to companies to pass on savings saying the “ACCC will be on hand .. to ensure that the reductions in the price of power are passed on through our economy to the community.”

Palmer United Party Senator Jacqui Lambie has also praised the actions of the Senate today, saying the Palmer United Party Senators did promise the Australian people the carbon tax would be abolished.

But both Labor and the Greens have opposed the move.

“Today Tony Abbott has made Australia the first country in the world to reverse action on climate change,” Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said.

“History will judge Tony Abbott very harshly for refusing to believe in genuine action on climate change.”

Mr Shorten has also admitted the Labor party got it wrong, when it originally introduced the carbon tax legislation.

“We believe that to take effective long-term action on climate change, an emissions trading scheme is the best way to go. In 2009, Labor made a mistake in 2010 when we settled for second best,” he said.

Meanwhile the Greens say the Abbott government cannot avoid global warming.

Greens leader Christine Milne says the party will look to move new legislation in parliament to address the pressures climate change place on Australian society.

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