BREAKING: Nationals reject emissions bill
From the Sydney Morning Herald
The National party has unanimously rejected the federal government's emissions trading scheme legislation at the party's annual council in Canberra today.
The motion was first on the agenda and has opened the way for a potential split between the coalition parties in the Senate when the vote on the ETS comes up again in November.
Prior to the council vote, outspoken Senator Barnaby Joyce said it was a most "dangerous scheme for regional Australia."
"The emissions trading scheme will do nothing to affect the climate of the globe," he told delegates at the council.
Senator Joyce said it would be an "insidious tax" which would "completely undermine the structure for which this country is built on".
Liberal MP Darren Chester, who seconded the motion, said if the unions were too gutless to stand up for regional Australia and country jobs, then it was up to the Nationals to do so.
The motion was passed unanimously by the more than 50 members present at the council.
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