Australia Repeals Divisive Carbon Tax

July 17, 2014 5:36 AM

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Australia has repealed a divisive carbon tax, delivering the government a key victory but frustrating opposition leaders who say the move is a step back in the global fight against climate change.

Conservative lawmakers burst into cheers as the Australian senate on Thursday voted 39 to 32 to scrap the tax, which forced Australia's biggest polluters to pay a hefty fine for each ton of carbon dioxide they emitted.

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