Carbon tax through

FEDERAL Parliament has passed five Clean Energy bills making the carbon tax a reality after years of intense debate.

Member for Flynn, Ken O'Dowd, said the vote, which was won by the government 74:72, took place as soon as Parliament opened at 9 o'clock this morning.

"There was a lot of cheering and backslapping on the government side and the cross-benches," Mr O'Dowd said.

The public gallery was packed with supporters.

"The calls from our side of the house were, 'You've signed your own death warrant'," Mr O'Dowd said.

"It was 74:72. Or 75 to 71 because Bob Katter crossed the floor a couple of times."

 

Green future

  • 19 bills passed on October 12
  • Carbon tax to run from July 1, 2012
  • O'Dowd said tax a "bad thing for industry in CQ"

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