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Carbon tax is gone: Repeal bills pass the Senate


Source: The Age, 17 July 2014

Australia has become the first country in the world to abolish a price on carbon, with the Senate passing the Abbott government’s repeal bills 39 votes to 32.

After two weeks of negotiations, and several false starts, the Abbott government achieved its long-held ambition on Thursday morning to axe the tax, to applause from government senators.

Passage of the legislation delivers the policy on which the government staked an election campaign, which ushered Prime Minister Tony Abbott to the head of his party, and which helped to kill the leadership of former prime minister Kevin Rudd and former opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull.

The Abbott government clinched its victory after a rocky two weeks trying to wrangle the new Senate and an unpredictable crossbench.

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