Wonderful news from the senate today, with the passing of the government’s repeal bill at 39 votes to 32. After several weeks of negotiation, Tony Abbott has successfully fulfilled his election promise and had the carbon tax scrapped. Government senators applauded as the bill was passed, and Tony was quick to celebrate his long anticipated achievement, releasing a public statement titled “The Carbon Tax is gone!”.
“We are honouring our commitments to you by building a strong and prosperous economy for a safe and secure Australia.” Tony said after the passing of the bill. “This is great news for Australian families and for our nation’s small businesses… Today the tax that you voted to get rid of is finally gone.”
The lead-up to the removal of the tax, an election promise that many believe is the reason the Abbott government was voted into power was an arduous, frustrating and sometimes embarrassing ordeal for the self-titled “conservationist government”. Abbott remains hopeful that his Direct Action legislation where he plans to pay polluters to reduce their emissions will still succeed, despite a hostile reception from the Greens, Labor and crossbenchers.
Despite today’s win, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Environmental Minister Greg Hunt refused to rule out a possible return to a price on carbon in the future.