Australian prime minister hopes Parliament will pass bills dumping carbon tax by Christmas

Published October 15, 2013

| Associated Press

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he hopes Parliament will pass legislation dumping Australia's carbon tax by Christmas.

Abbott revealed Tuesday that Parliament will sit on Nov. 11 for the first time since his conservative coalition won elections on Sept. 7.

High on the agenda will be bills to repeal the carbon tax, which is paid by Australia's worst industrial polluters.

The legislation would be sure to pass the House of Representative, where the government holds a clear majority. But it faces an uncertain future in the Senate, where no party holds a majority of seats.

The unpopular carbon tax was introduced by the former center-left Labor Party and has been levied since July 2012.

Abbott plans to end the tax from July 2014.

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