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Carbon tax repeal bills rejected


Source: The Age, 20 March 2014

The Abbott government's first attempt to repeal the carbon tax has failed.

Labor and Greens senators have used their numbers to block the repeal package 33 votes to 29, potentially setting up a trigger for a double dissolution election, a decision that is up to the government.

It comes as the Abbott government immediately moved a bill in the House of Representatives to abolish the $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation, signalling that it will not back down on its plans to abolish the previous government’s climate change policies.

The government must now wait three months before it can bring the legislation before Parliament again, but it will take the arrival of new senators in July to produce a different outcome.

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