SYDNEY (AFP) – Australia's parliament rejected controversial carbon-trading legislation on Wednesday, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd before UN climate talks and raising the prospect of snap polls.
The upper house, or Senate, voted down the scheme 33 to 41 after days of tumultuous debate which saw the opposition Coalition leader deposed by a maverick climate-change sceptic.
The legislation's second failure since August gives Rudd powers to dissolve parliament and call early elections, which could be held as late as October.
It is deeply embarrassing for the pro-green prime minister, who is set for a lead role at the Copenhagen UN summit but presides over a country that remains the world's worst per capita pollute
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Source: AFP (hosted by Yahoo! News), "Australia rejects emissions laws, elections likely," December 1, 2009,http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20091202/ts_afp/unclimatewarmingaustraliapol...