Australian Parliament Passes Historic Carbon Tax
'Prime Minister Julia Gillard says the passing of her government's carbon tax is a major milestone in Australia's efforts to cut carbon pollution.'
'Ms Gillard's minority Labor government won the historic vote in the Senate 36 to 32 with the support of the Greens today.
The legislation was passed without amendments and is now set to become law.
Ms Gillard said the vote was 'a major milestone in Australia's efforts to cut carbon pollution and seize the economic and job opportunities of the future'.
'The Gillard government has today secured a clean energy future for all Australians,' she said in a joint statement with Treasurer Wayne Swan and Climate Change Minister Greg Combet.'Source: AAP, 11/08/2011