Australian PM introduces bill to repeal carbon tax

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has reintroduced legislation to the Australian Parliament that would repeal a carbon tax that the nation`s worst greenhouse gas polluters have to pay.

PTI| Last Updated: Jun 23, 2014, 13:15 PM IST

Canberra: Prime Minister Tony Abbott has reintroduced legislation to the Australian Parliament that would repeal a carbon tax that the nation`s worst greenhouse gas polluters have to pay.

The opposition centre-left Labour Party and minor Greens party used their Senate majority in March to block the bills to remove the tax, which was introduced by a Labour government in July 2012.

But with new senators taking their seats on July 7 for the first time since Abbott`s conservative coalition government won elections in September, the bills are expected to be passed by a narrow margin.

While introducing the bills to the House of Representatives where the government holds a clear majority, Abbott said today that voters had rejected the tax by electing his government.