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Australian Labor Party: promised to never use its votes to help an Abbott government repeal the carbon tax.

LABOR would never use its votes to help an Abbott government repeal the carbon tax, meaning the Coalition would probably have to go to a double dissolution election to abolish it and the tax would operate well into a first term, the Climate Change Minister, Greg Combet, vowed yesterday.
In an interview with the Herald, Mr Combet said Labor planned to hold Tony Abbott to account for his ''rank'' and ''deceitful'' fear campaign against the tax, as Labor puts in place a survival strategy that banks on a smooth introduction of the tax and the household compensation package to turn around its dire political position.

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TagsEnvironment, PoliticsCreated On29 Oct 2013
Report FrequencyquarterlyExpires On29 Oct 2014
Recorded ByChris Noone

Progress Reports

31/05/2014 no change

07/05/2014 Still waiting

30/03/2014 Will this be the double dissolution trigger?

04/03/2014 Still waiting to see what happens

30/01/2014 So far, so good. Lets see what happens when Parliament goes back.

29/12/2013 still holding firm, for now

30/10/2013 Bill Shorten is looking wobbly on the carbon tax! Labor is expected to support axing the carbon tax, with senior figures - including leader Bill Shorten - now convinced that its case for action on climate change will be more easily sold if the politically toxic tax is abolished. The opposition has been wrestling with what to do on the repeal of the tax, with some saying it must hold the line to show voters and demoralised supporters that it still stands for something. But party leaders have progressed in their thinking to consider what the party should put to voters in the lead-up to the next election. They argue that Labor proposed to ''terminate'' the tax at the last election and to simply block its repeal would allow the government to continue to punish it politically. Mr Shorten is also worried that continual focus on the tax will distract from serious flaws in the government's $3.2 billion ''direct action'' policy, which Labor will oppose.
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