Australia carbon tax protest targets Julia Gillard

BBC News
16 August 2011

Thousands of people gathered in the Australian capital, Canberra, to protest against a planned carbon tax aimed at curbing greenhouse emissions.

It is the centrepiece of Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s environmental strategy, despite her ruling out its introduction during last year’s election campaign.

A year on from that pledge, conservative opponents, who opposed the measure, are calling for new elections.

They say the tax will drive up household bills and cost jobs.

No issue in Australian politics is generating more passion right now than climate change, says the BBC’s Nick Bryant in Sydney.

This was an orderly protest, but an angry one, with the anger directed at Julia Gillard – “Ju-liar” in the wording of a couple of placards brought to the rally, our correspondent says.

Protesters say this is not only the first day of parliament’s spring session but also the anniversary of a pledge that Ms Gillard made during last year’s federal election not to introduce a carbon tax.

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