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Carbon Tax Repeal Bill Defeated In Senate As Palmer Squabbles With Government Over Amendments

The Senate has rejected an Abbott government bill to repeal the carbon tax.

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A combination of ALP, Greens and Palmer United Party senators, supported by Motoring Enthusiast Senator Ricky Muir, voted 37-35 to defeat the bill that would have abolished the carbon tax.

The bill failed due to a breakdown in negotiations between the government and the Palmer United Party. Palmer wanted the legislation to mandate that power savings be passed on to consumers. In the end, the amendment moved by Palmer was judged to be a tax that the Senate had no power to introduce. [Read more…]


Palmer Party Senate Leader Glenn Lazarus Heckled During First Speech On Repealing Carbon Tax

Senator Glenn Lazarus was heckled by observers in the public gallery during his first speech to the Senate on repeal of the carbon tax legislation this morning.

Lazarus

Lazarus, the Senate leader of the Palmer United Party, spoke in favour of the repeal legislation. He said a global solution was required for a global problem. [Read more…]


George Christensen’s Climate Change Speech To The Heartland Institute

George Christensen, the Liberal National Party member for the Queensland electorate of Dawson, has given a speech on climate change to the Heartland Institute in the United States.

ChristensenChristensen, 36, was elected in 2010 and re-elected last year.

Dawson is a rural electorate that covers Mackay, Proserpine, Airlie Beach, Bowen, Home Gill and Ayr, as well as the Whitsunday and Lindeman islands.

The Heartland Institute is a Chicago-based conservative and libertarian lobby group. Founded in 1984, it is best known for its promotion of climate change scepticism and earlier campaigns to discredit evidence of cancer risks from passive smoking.

Transcript of speech by George Christensen MP to the Heartland Institute. References to accompanying slides are shown in capitals.

TITLE SLIDE

Thank you and acknowledgements.

BIO SLIDE

I am not a scientist.

So I won’t attempt to prove nor disprove the impact man is having on the temperature of the planet. [Read more…]


The Result Of Clive Palmer’s Al Gore Stunt: Carbon Tax Abolished, ETS Dead

The cynicism of today’s stunt by Clive Palmer became clear late tonight as the Palmer United Party leader confirmed that his senators will vote for the abolition of the carbon tax and the emissions trading scheme.

Palmer

Earlier today, Palmer called for the establishment of an emissions trade scheme (ETS) that would only come into force once China, the United States, the European Union, Japan and Korea had also taken action to establish similar schemes. International action of this order is all but impossible to imagine. [Read more…]


Greg Hunt Says Carbon Tax Set To Be Abolished But Government Will Negotiate With Palmer

The Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, says the carbon tax is now set to be abolished but the government is willing to negotiate with Clive Palmer over savings guarantees for consumers.

Hunt

Hunt held a press conference at 6.45pm tonight, an hour after Clive Palmer announced that the Palmer United Party (PUP) would support the immediate abolition of the carbon tax.

However, in response to Palmer’s call for a zero-rated emissions trading scheme, Hunt reiterated the coalition’s position. He said: “An ETS is not our policy but we haven’t seen the amendments yet. It has not been and is not our policy.” [Read more…]


With Al Gore On Hand, Clive Palmer Says PUP Will Vote To Abolish Carbon Tax But Supports An ETS

With former US Vice-President Al Gore standing next to him, Clive Palmer has announced that the Palmer United Party senators will vote with the government in the Senate to abolish the carbon tax.

Palmer

Palmer says PUP will move an amendment to require companies to pass on to consumers savings from the abolition of the carbon tax. [Read more…]


Abbott Submits Carbon Tax Repeal Bills To House Of Representatives For Third Time

The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has submitted the carbon tax repeal bills to the House of Representatives for the third time since last year’s election.

The bills were passed by the House last year and rejected by the Senate in March this year. The new Senate has been recalled on July 7 to consider the bills again. [Read more…]


Direct Action: Greg Hunt Releases Emissions Reduction Fund White Paper

The Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, has released the federal government’s Emissions Reduction Fund White Paper.

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A White Paper is an official statement of government policy.

The White Paper sets out the government’s “direct action” policy and what Hunt says is a “cost effective, practical and simple approach to reduce our national emissions without a multi-billion dollar carbon tax”.

The Emissions Reduction Fund is the “centrepiece” of the government’s “efforts to tackle climate change”. Hunt says the government remains committed to the abolition of the carbon tax and a 5% reduction in emissions by 2020. [Read more…]


Abbott Pressures Parliament To Repeal Taxes By Christmas

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has repeated his call for the Parliament to repeal the carbon and mining taxes by Christmas.

With Parliament due to begin its final week for the year tomorrow, Abbott has posted a video on YouTube in which he says that “December is the time to deal with unfinished business”.

There have been suggestions in recent weeks that the government might keep the Parliament sitting closer to Christmas. In fact, the government can only determine when the House will sit and it will have dealt with the relevant legislation by the end of the week.

In the Senate, control lies with the ALP and the Greens and it is not yet clear whether the legislation will be voted on before it rises.

  • Watch Abbott’s video message (2m)

Carbon Tax Repeal Bills Passed By House Of Representatives

The bills to repeal the previous Labor government’s carbon tax have been passed by the House of Representatives.

Third Reading

The third reading of the eleven bills took place at 4.08pm today. The final vote was passed on the voices. In a near-deserted chamber, the Environment Minister, Greg Hunt, was congratulated by his colleagues. [Read more…]