Carbon tax melee continues

NICHOLAS MCDONALD

The Coalition are determined to drop the carbon tax before the new Senate takes seat next year. Source: Wikipedia

The Coalition are determined to drop the carbon tax before the new Senate takes seat next year. Source: Wikipedia

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Environment Minister Greg Hunt say they intend to dismantle the carbon tax as soon as possible.

Both men have warned the Labor Party that a double dissolution election is still on the cards should they not support their efforts to ‘scrap the tax’.

Mr Hunt said the election was a clear indicator of the publics opinion toward the carbon pricing introduced under Julia Gillard.

”The Australian public voted to terminate the carbon tax,” he said.

”We will not stop until the carbon tax is repealed, all options are on the table.”

Mr Abbott expects the new parliament to sit for the first time in early November and hopes to have legislation ready to introduce by then.

He also praised Bill Shorten’s Labor leadership success calling him a “political pragmatist” who would most likely support the will of the Australian people.

“We are confident that the public pressure on the Labor Party will be such that they will not defy the mandate of the Australian people,” Mr Abbott said.

Mr Shorten has indicated he is willing to negotiate with the Government but refuses to be a “rubber stamp” for their legislation.

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