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Aus. PM Gillard introduces carbon tax again

09-14-2011 09:20 BJT

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Turning now to Australia, where Prime Minister Julia Gillard has presented a controversial carbon tax to parliament for the third time.

One of the pillars of Gillard's platform has been the promise to cut carbon emissions, and she has staked the future of her government on passing the laws. If they get through, around 500 heavy polluting companies will be forced to pay for emissions through a 23 dollars and 75 cents per ton carbon tax starting from July next year.

A similar plan was put forward in 2009 but twice failed to pass parliament before being shelved by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. The current bill has the support of key independents as well as the Green Party, giving it a better chance in parliament this time.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard

Editor:Li Wanran |Source: CNTV.CN

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