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(Statement from Nationals Senator for NSW John Williams)

Today the Federal parliament voted to remove the carbon tax from the lives of Australians.

This was despite opposition from the Australian Labor Party which promised before the 2010 election that Australia would not have a carbon tax and then promptly introduced one.

And it was despite opposition from the Australian Greens who now want an Emissions Trading Scheme despite virtually ending the career of then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in 2009 when they voted against his ETS.


Today the Federal parliament acknowledged the wishes of the Australian people who gave the Coalition government a mandate at the last election to scrap the carbon tax.

The decision will reduce the cost of living, most notably the cost of electricity and natural gas.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has been given $10 million in extra funding to ensure compliance in passing on cost savings.

Electricity and natural gas suppliers will be penalised equal to 250 percent of any cost savings they do not pass on.

Companies could be fined up to $1.1 million if they make false or misleading claims about the impact of the carbon tax on their prices.

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