Rudd, who needs support from seven senators outside the government to pass laws through the upper house, can resubmit the bill after making amendments. A second rejection after a three-month span would give him a trigger to call an election.
Thanks to Bloomberg and the Wattsupwiththat web-site for this. Get more on http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/08/12/australia-rejects-climate-cap-and-trade-bill/#more-9886
This development is especially significant for two reasons. First, it’s a major set-back to the Copenhagen process seeking a comprehensive global CO2 reduction programme in December. Secondly, I understand that a group of climate-sceptic scientists in Australia has been lobbying the Senate and challenging the knee-jerk climate alarmism of Climate Change Minister (yes, the Aussies have one too!) Penny Wong, whom we recently met, I think in Brussels. The sceptics seem to have succeeded. Only a few days ago, the speculation was that the decision was on a knife-edge, and the proposal might be rejected by a single vote. In fact the majority was clear.
We’re seeing a flood of new books challenging the alarmist position. Now, a major government’s very expensive and damaging Cap’n’Trade bill has fallen at the first hurdle, and while it may yet come back, this represents a big set-back for the alarmist cause. Perhaps, just perhaps, the tide is starting to turn.