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We will axe the carbon tax: Abbott

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the government will deliver on its promise to axe the carbon tax, despite the opposition refusing to back the legislation.

Mr Abbott will present his government’s first major piece of legislation shortly after 9am (AEDT) on Wednesday to deliver a long-held promise to abolish the carbon tax, introduced by Labor in 2012.

He says his government is determined to keep the commitment, but would not answer directly if he would go to a double dissolution election if the bill was blocked in the Senate.

“The bill that I am introducing into the parliament this morning is my bill to reduce all of your bills,” Mr Abbott told the Nine Network on Wednesday.

“For some reason good old electricity Bill Shorten is standing in the way of everyone else’s electricity bills going down.”

He said Labor MPs should take note of the election result and allow the legislation through.

“I say to the decent honest members of the Labor party, why are you putting up with a leader who is in denial about the election result?” Mr Abbott said.

“The Labor party should do the right thing by the workers and people of Australia and not stand in the way of scrapping this toxic tax.”