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Tony Abbott finally cuts deal to axe carbon tax


Source: AFR, 14 July 2014

The federal government has cut a deal with Clive Palmer which it believes removes any more excuses to block the repeal of the carbon tax, the Coalition’s No. 1 election promise.

On the weekend, Mr Palmer and the government agreed to changes to his key demands for stiff penalties and price disclosure provisions to ensure they would apply only to energy sup­pliers, not all businesses.

The government was prepared on Thursday to vote for Mr Palmer’s original demands in return for his support to repeal the carbon tax.

But concern from industry and other senators about a red tape nightmare for business prompted the negotiations to remove any ambiguity.

The government is cautiously ­optimistic but is prepared to recall ­Parliament next week should there be any more Senate hijinks. Environment Minister Greg Hunt said the public would be rightfully angry if any party blocked the repeal.

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