Australia passes carbon tax seeking to promote shift to renewables

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Solar Power News Sydney – November 8, 2011

The federal parliament of Australia has passed historic carbon tax legislation, including a package of compensation measures for households to assist with the transition to a low carbon economy, such as by employing energy efficiency, wind, and solar power.

Speaking on the passing of the legislation, the Gillard Labor government declared a principled victory for a “historic economic reform” today after the upper house of the national parliament -the Senate –  eventually voted through the carbon tax package.

These laws and the commentary around them have created political havoc for nearly four years and have been a topic of discussion for more than a decade. Labor minority government won the historic Senate vote 36 to 32, after opposition attempts to delay passing of the laws.

Labor and the Australian Greens combined to pass the detailed package of 18 “Clean Energy Future” bills just after noon today, to standing applause from the packed public galleries.

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