Australian Senate leader to push ahead with vote on emissions trading bill

16:09, November 27, 2009      

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Australian Senate leader Chris Evans has pledged to push ahead with forcing a vote on the emissions trading scheme after a deadline passed on Friday without a resolution.

The Senate erupted into name-calling and abuse as the Labor Party accused the Liberals of reneging on a deal to finalize the legislation Friday.

Evans said the government had reached a good-faith agreement with the Liberal Party which had now been reneged upon.

"What we have seen is deliberate filibustering, a refusal to progress the bill, a refusal to get on with this legislation," he said.

"We have been frustrated in our attempt to get to deal with the substance of what we think is urgent action in the national interest."

Evans said the Senate had made almost no progress over the past fortnight in finalizing the legislation.

"After more than 16 hours in the committee stage of this bill this week, we still have got less than 10 percent or so of the way through the legislation," he said.

"Despite the Liberal Party having reneged on their deal, we will pursue the issue of this legislation's passage through the parliament next week."

Source: Xinhua
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