Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott traded barbs about each other’s honesty as the Government’s carbon tax bills passed through the House of Representatives this morning.
Opposition leader Mr Abbott has “pledged in blood” to repeal the carbon tax laws if he forms government, despite the certainty of any such move being blocked in the Greens-controlled Senate.
The climate bills had majority support anyway, but the Government’s position was boosted last night when Opposition frontbencher Sophie Mirabella was thrown out of the House for 24 hours for defying the speaker.
The legislation passed through the House of Representatives as expected this morning to applause from the Government benches, with Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd hugging Ms Gillard as MPs mingled on the floor of the chamber.
9.49am: What’s likely to get the bigger headline tomorrow? The passing of the carbon tax or the fact that the government was so keen to get a win that Julia Gillard actually kissed Kevin Rudd amongst the celebration.
Update: Terje reminds us