Australian Senate Votes Down Carbon Laws

Peter Smith
Financial Times
December 2, 2009

The Australian government plans to reintroduce its emission trading scheme to the parliament for a third time in February after a hostile Senate voted down the legislation on Wednesday.

However, Julia Gillard, acting prime minister, said the Labor government did not plan to call an early election on the issue even though the second Senate rejection had given it the power to do so.

“The prime minister [Kevin Rudd], on a number occasions, has said it’s his intention to have the parliament go full term,” she said. “[He] has also said that he is determined to see this legislation pass the parliament.”

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