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Australian Senate defeats carbon trading bill

Australian Senate defeats carbon trading bill

Guardian
December 2, 2009

The Senate, where the government of the prime minister, Kevin Rudd, does not hold a majority, rejected 41-33 his administration’s proposal for Australia to become one of the first countries to install a so-called cap-and-trade system to slash the amount of heat-trapping pollution that industries pump into the air.

It follows a tumultuous week in Australian politics, which saw the ousting of Malcolm Turnbull as opposition leader, after he had pledged to support the government’s plans for the trading scheme.

The defeat further undermines Australia’s already ailing credibility at the upcoming UN climate change talks in Copenhagen.

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