Carbon tax debate will run for equivalent of one minute per MP per bill

Source: The Australian

CLIMATE change minister Greg Combet has rejected opposition calls for an extended debate on the carbon tax, saying every federal MP will have sufficient time to discuss the legislation.

Labor will today introduce its package of 18 carbon tax bills to parliament, with a vote scheduled for October 12th.

The opposition has said the schedule, which includes a referral of the bills to a parliamentary inquiry, was “verging on the ridiculous”, allowing less than one minute of debate per member per bill.

But Mr Combet said there had already been extensive discussion “and a lot of policy work” on the Gillard government’s carbon tax prior to today’s introduction of legislation.

He said the bills would be debated as one piece of legislation and it was “rubbish” to assert otherwise

“Everyone will have an opportunity to speak on the bills,” Mr Combet told ABC Radio.

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