This is wonderful news. It is a shame it has taken so long for us to finally price pollution and provide leadership and and incentives for a clean energy future.
Well done Julia Gillard, The Labor Government, the MPCCC, Tony Windsor and Rob Oakshott, all the Greens in the senate - particularly Christine Milne and Bob Brown and their advisors - and Adam Bandt in the House of Representatives.
Hard work by all concerned, and a proud and momentous day for Australia.
It was interesting that Opposition Leader Tony Abbott chose to be absent from Australia on this day, despite his vocal and trenchant opposition to pricing pollution. It was also interesting that Malcolm Turnbull chose to vote against the legislation in the House of Representatives, despite his support of emissions trading and putting a price on carbon.
What our parliamentarians say doesn't matter nearly as much as how they vote.
- Carbon tax passes Senate - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- Finally, carbon tax becomes law - The Age
- And It Passed! Australia Sets A Price On Pollution - Newmatilda