Australia's government has failed to repeal the
country's carbon tax. An unlikely alliance of Labor, the Greens,
the Palmer United Party and... one member of the Motoring
Enthusiast's Party voted down the proposal today. So what happened,
and what's next?
It seemed like a sure thing. Key Senate member Clive
Palmer had agreed to support the Australian government's plan to
repeal Australia's carbon tax, in return for keeping key renewable
energy legislation in place.
So convinced was the Spectator Australia that the
government would get its way, its cover for tomorrow's edition
declares 'Our victory!'.
piece starts: "it looks as if the Senate will repeal the carbon
tax; so allow us a little gloating," you'd better be pretty sure
it's going to work out the way you call it. But this is perhaps a
sign of exactly how unexpected the result was. So what went
wrong for opponents of the scheme?
Australia's previous government brought
in its carbon tax in 2012. But there were widespread
protests against the measure, which the Liberal party - then in
opposition - said would cost jobs and raise the cost of living.
When the Liberals came into power, they said they'd
repeal the tax by 1 July this year.