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New Senate set to repeal carbon tax


Source: The Age, 7 July 2014

The Abbott government is on the cusp of delivering its most central election pledge with the repeal of the carbon tax set to be the first order of business for the newly configured Senate sitting from Monday.

Its fate, and that of the mining tax, now appears sealed but a batch of other government measures, including much of its budget, remains hostage to a populist upper house dominated by a record number of crossbenchers.

After almost five years of the most acrimonious public debate, the axe will finally fall on the two-year-old carbon tax, within days handing money back to households and business and releasing what Mr Abbott once characterised as a "python squeeze" on the Australian economy.

Its demise has the support of the Palmer United Party's four-vote bloc, South Australia's Family First senator Bob Day and NSW Liberal Democratic Party senator David Leyonhjelm.

 Labor and the Greens will vote against the repeal.

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