The federal government’s first attempt to repeal the carbon tax, a major part of its election campaign last year, has been blocked in the Senate.
The ABC and others report that the Senate blocked the package of repeal laws 33 – 29 yesterday, with Labor and the Greens voting together.
The laws included the abolition of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and introducing the Coalition’s Direct Action plan.
"This is a $10 billion fund based on borrowed taxpayers' money," environment minister Greg Hunt said of the CEFC, according to the ABC.
"It's an extraordinary borrowing against the will of the Australian people who voted to change the government.
"It's part of the repeal of the carbon tax package and we'll just keep going until it's done."
The carbon tax was introduced in mid-2012 and has been unpopular with the manufacturing industry. Lobby group Manufacturing Australia was formed the previous year to oppose the tax.
The opposition supports a move from the carbon tax to an Emissions Trading System, though this has the support of neither to Coalition or the Greens.
“Labor has been upfront
about our intentions since before the 2013 election – we will repeal the carbon
tax if there is a credible plan to address climate change,” said Labor’s Mark Butler, according to Fairfax.
“Along with the rest of the world, Labor knows the best alternative is an ETS.