SYDNEY: Australia’s new conservative prime minister, Tony Abbott, moved Wednesday to abolish a carbon tax designed to combat climate change as his first major economic reform since taking office.
Abbott said the Sept. 7 election which he won decisively had been a referendum on the future of the tax which was imposed by the former Labor government on major polluters from 2012 in a bid to reduce carbon emissions.
“No one should be in any doubt — the government is repealing the carbon tax in full,” he said as he introduced a bill to repeal the tax in parliament.
“We are doing what we were elected to do. We have said what we mean and we will do what we say — the carbon tax goes. It goes.” Scrapping the divisive tax was a central election promise of Abbott who had argued the cost of the levy was passed on to consumers, resulting in higher utility bills and day-to-day costs.