From The Australian Greens comes this breaking news:
The Australian Greens along with communities around Australia are celebrating the survival of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, which Tony Abbott has now twice failed to abolish through the Parliament.
“The Senate won’t stand for Tony Abbott’s head-in-the-sand approach on global warming, and we’re not afraid of a double dissolution election over renewable energy,” said Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne.
“It’s time for Mr Abbott to give up. The CEFC is an excellent institution that should stay.
To which they add:
. . . Prime Minister Tony Abbott does not have the courage to call a double-dissolution election in order to scrap the carbon tax before next July.
Meanwhile, and crucially, the Sydney Morning Herald reports that:
Labor and the Greens have challenged the government to call a double dissolution election after the Senate defeated a bill to abolish the Clean Energy Finance Corporation for a second time.
The Senate voted down the bill on Wednesday 35 votes to 28, with the opposition, Greens and Independent senator Nick Xenophon all opposed to the scrapping of the profitable $10 billion corporation, which invests in renewable energy technology.
Rejection of the bill for a second time sets up the government’s first trigger for a double-dissolution election.
So Tony Abbott has his trigger to call a double-dissolution election. He went to the last election promising to call one if he didn’t get his own way.
He hasn’t got his own way. But do you think he has the courage and conviction to keep his word?
Over to you.
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