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Australia's Carbon Tax Repeal Set For Final Showdown - Yahoo News

Please enter your Phone Number. Send Thanks! A link has been sent. Done Australia's carbon tax repeal main page set for final showdown By By Matt Siegel July 14, 2014 4:23 AM 0 shares . View photo Vapour rises from cooling towers at the Loy Yang coal fired power station, about 150 km (93 miles) east By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's lower house of parliament on Monday voted to scrap the country's controversial carbon tax, setting up a final showdown in the Senate as early as Tuesday to decide the scheme's fate. Abolition of the carbon tax was a centerpiece policy of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's 2013 election, but he has struggled to repeal the tax as his government does not control the Senate. Last week the Senate rejected the repeal legislation after lawmakers from mining magnate Clive Palmer's Palmer United Party (PUP), which holds the balance news of power in the upper house, withdrew support at the last minute. On Monday, Abbott's Liberal-National coalition, which has a majority in the lower house, passed new legislation with amendments demanded by Palmer ensuring savings would be passed directly to consumers.

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