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Carbon price axed

See the list of shame for the senators who voted to remove the best way to stop emissions.

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The repeal of the carbon price by the Australian Senate today has seen a huge amount of criticism from environment groups around the globe.

Here's the list of shame of the senators who voted today to get rid of the carbon price:
Senator Eric Abetz
Senator Chris Back
Senator Cory Bernardi
Senator Simon Birmingham
Senator George Brandis
Senator David Bushby
Senator Michaelia Cash
Senator Richard Colbeck
Senator Mathias Corman
Senator Sean Edwards
Senator David Fawcett
Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells
Senator Mitch Fifield
Senator Bill Heffernan
Senator David Johnston
Senator Ian MacDonald
Senator Brett Mason
Senator James McGrath
Senator Marise Payne
Senator Linda Reynolds
Senator Michael Ronaldson
Senator Anne Ruston
Senator Scott Ryan
Senator Zed Seselja
Senator Arthur Sinodinos
Senator Dean Smith
Senator Matthew Canavan
Senator Bridget McKenzie
Senator Fiona Nash
Senator Barry O’Sullivan
Senator John Williams
Senator Nigel Scullion
Senator Jacqui Lambie
Senator Glenn Lazarus
Senator Dio Wang
Senator Bob Day
Senator David Leyonhjelm
Senator Ricky Muir
Senator John Madigan

The responses:

Read on below to see what various groups around Australia have to say about Australia no longer having scheme to cut the pollution that is causing global warming.

The Greens political party:
“This is a tragic day for Australia and the planet but the Greens will lead the campaign to make the big polluters pay for global warming,” Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

“The repeal of the price on pollution is intergenerational theft... $18 billion has been torn out of the pockets of Australians and given back to Clive Palmer, Gina Rinehart and the big end of town.

The Australian Conservation Foundation:
“Australians are already living with climate change – record heatwaves, worse droughts, more extreme weather,” said Kelly O’Shanassy, CEO of the Australian Conservation Foundation.

“It is reckless to get rid of a policy that is working and wilfully expose Australians to worse in future.

“Since the carbon price was introduced on 1 July 2012, pollution from electricity has dropped by 10 per cent. This backwards step makes Australia an international embarrassment.

“This government and these Senators know what they are doing. They will have to explain this action to their children and grandchildren."

The National Farmers’ Federation:
“Australian agriculture already plays a crucial role in reducing emissions,” said NFF President Brent Finlay.

“The sector [agriculture] itself was excluded from directly paying the tax. However, costs imposed on other businesses were passed on to agriculture and the bottom line of farm businesses.

Greenpeace Australia-Pacific:
“As the rest of the world moves to tackle climate change, Australia remains wedded to fossil fuels, particularly coal,” said Greenpeace Climate Campaigner Nic Clyde.

“It calls into serious question the Government’s willingness to meet their own 2020 reduction target.

“As the world’s largest exporter of metallurgical coal and the world’s second largest thermal coal exporter by volume, we risk being left behind as the rest of the world moves to embrace clean energy.”

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Read about the initial recent failure of the repeal of the Clean Energy Future Act through the senate, along with informaion on how well the carbon price was working, see our news item from last week, Senate blocks repeal.