Labor is standing by its decision to vote against the carbon tax repeal despite threats from Prime Minister Abbott to keep MPs in Canberra for Christmas.
The Australian reports that Abbott called the scrapping of the tax “unfinished business” and is determined to have the bill passed before Thursday which is the last scheduled sitting day for Parliament this year.
However, both the Opposition and the Greens have vowed to oppose the bill in the Senate. If they keep to their word, the bill will be defeated as the Government will not have the numbers.
The Government has threatened to call a double dissolution election if it can’t cut the tax. However, from July next year the Senate will change and it is likely that they will be able to negotiate more successfully with the independents and Clive Palmer.
As News Corp Australia reports, the stand-off comes as data to be released by the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory this week will reveal the tax cut carbon emissions by 300,000 tonnes or less than 0.1 per cent.
Before the carbon tax was introduced, Australia produced 546.2 million tonnes of carbon emissions. It now produces 545.9 million tonnes.
According to acting opposition leader Tanya Plibersek, though the cuts are small in percentage terms, this is the level of reduction that was to be expected in the first year of the tax.
“That’s a lot of pollution taken out of the atmosphere,” she told ABC radio.