Senate inquiry endorses plans to repeal carbon tax

A BRIEF Senate inquiry dominated by government members has endorsed plans to repeal the carbon tax, despite dissent from both Labor and The Greens.

The report of the one-day inquiry was released late on Monday, showing a majority of Senators endorsed the Abbott Government's plans.

In his report, committee chair Nationals Senator John Williams wrote business had recommended the Senate "not unduly delay" repealing the tax.

He wrote that any delay of the repeal past July 1, when the carbon tax would be finished, would "create uncertainty" for businesses.

Sen Williams also noted Australia's "good track record" of protecting the environment and reducing carbon emissions.

But the committee was divided along party lines, with Labor Senators hitting out at the Coalition's "shallow rhetoric" on climate change, saying the government was "setting Australia up to fail".

"If the Coalition Government does believe in climate change then it wouldn't be putting Australian in a position where it falls behind in playing its part in global action and leaves the Australian economy exposed to future unnecessary costs because we have failed to take adequate action," Labor's dissenting report reads.

Greens Senator Larissa Waters also hit out at the plan, writing the first six months since the carbon tax was introduced saw a 7% fall in carbon emissions.

Sen Waters wrote the minor party opposed the repeal, as the "decoupling of emissions growth from economic growth has now begun".

The committee recommended all bills related to the repeal of the tax be passed.


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