The latest Newspoll results say that Australian voters want Clive Palmer to stop blocking the repeal of the carbon tax.
[The Australian] A Newspoll conducted exclusively for The Australian after last Thursday’s chaos in the Senate saw the repeal bills rejected, reveals 53 per cent want the controversial tax to be abolished.
Only 35 per cent want the Palmer United Party to continue to block the removal of the tax, while 12 per cent are uncommitted.
So one third of Australia wants us to keep the carbon tax (they can always pay it voluntarily thinks Jo?)
Keeping the carbon tax is costing Australians $11 million dollars a day. There is a deadline. It’s Friday:
The electricity industry incurs $11 million a day in carbon tax charges and market-traded contracts have not been trading carbon since July 1. But a carbon price of $25.40 a tonne will be returned to the contracts if the repeal fails to pass the Senate by Friday. Mr O’Reilly said failure to achieve the repeal by Friday would complicate returning savings to customers by “an exponential amount’’.
Even 33% of Labor voters want the tax gone.
A majority of Australians aged over 35 want the carbon tax axed, with support at 58 per cent among those over 50 and at 52 per cent in the 35-49 age group.
Among voters aged 18 to 34 the numbers are closer, with 46 per cent backing the removal of the tax and 38 per cent wanting to keep it.
And what of the fracas last week when everyone thought the tax was going – only to find last minute amendments made it unworkable:
Mr Hunt said the government had supported the Palmer United Party’s final amendment last week and the PUP senators needed to explain why they voted against the repeal. “The final version which had been ticked off by the clerk, or the umpire, of the Senate was constitutional, was about to be moved by the Palmer senators and they walked out on their own amendment and never presented that constitutional version.”
According to The Australian, PUP senator, Jaqui Lambie thought an agreement had been reached now and the repeal should be passed.