Saturday, August 20, 2011

More than 2,000 rally against Aussie carbon tax

CANBERRA: More than 2,000 protesters have gathered outside Australia's Parliament House to demonstrate against government plans to make the country's biggest air polluters pay a tax for carbon gas that they produce.

Tuesday's protest coincided with Parliament's first session following a five-week break.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard is set to pass the unpopular tax with the support of independent lawmakers and the environmentally focused Greens party.

Protesters complained that Gillard had promised not to introduce a carbon tax when her center-left Labor Party was narrowly re-elected last year. Some called for a new election.

Gillard plans to impose a 23 Australian dollar tax on every metric ton of carbon gas produced starting July 1 next year

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