This graph is an experimental feature that tracks number of views over time. Key greenhouse gas emitterAustralia on Sunday announced it will scrap its carbon tax in favour of an emissions trading scheme that puts a limit on pollution from 2014, a yearearlier than planned. Caption SYDNEY, New South Wales: Key greenhouse gas emitterAustralia on Sunday announced it will scrap its carbon tax in favour of an emissions trading scheme that puts a limit on pollution from 2014, a yearearlier than planned. The move is set to cost the government billions of dollars but Treasurer Chris Bowen said cuts would be made elsewhere to compensate with the Labor Party sticking to its plan to return the budget to surplus in 2015-2016. Bowen confirmed media reports that the fixed A$24.15 ($21.90) per tonne carbon tax would be dumped in favour of a floating price of between A$6 and A$10 per tonne from July 1, 2014, to ease cost of living pressures for families and help support the non-mining sectors of the economy. With national elections later this year, Labor is hoping the change will see a drop in soaring electricity prices. “There is a substantial impact on the budget of doing this, of course there is, and it is several billion dollars, but we will be financing that in a fiscally responsible way,” Bowen told the Ten Network, adding that full details would be announced over coming days “It means ensuring that our strategy of returning to surplus over the economic cycle is adhered to, so it is a challenge.” He added: “I think families will see a big benefit in what we are bringing forward”. Australia is among the world’s worst per capita polluters due to its reliance on coal-fired power and mining exports and introduced a “carbon tax” in 2012, charging big polluters for their emissions. The government has always said it would move to an emissions trading scheme after three years with a floating price set by the market, but new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has now moved that forward a year. The issue of a carbon tax has been hotly debated in Australia.Former Labor prime minister Julia Gillard’s popularity sunk after she announced plans for the carbon tax in early 2011 — after pledging before her 2010 election that it would not be introduced by a government she led. The policy backflip prompted protests around the country and conservative opposition leader Tony Abbott, who opinion polls suggest will narrowly win the 2013 election, has vowed to abolish it. Abbott on Sunday said the shift to 2014 was “just another Kevin con job”. “Mr Rudd can change the name but whether it is fixed or floating it isstill a carbon tax,” he said, adding that “it’s a bad tax, you’ve just got to get rid of it”. – AFP/fa
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Ashley Mallett: Australia’s most celebrated post-war off-spinner
Within a year of the Ashes he was gone. Kerry Packer Mallett found bowling more and more difficult due to the bouts of arthritis, and he quit cricket after three ordinary Sheffield Shield outings in the 1976-77 season, retiring to work as a journalist at News Ltd. When he got to learn about Packers lucrative contracts he thought actually getting paid to play the game resonated with me and contacted his former captain Ian Chappell (whose biography he later went on to write). On hearing the proposal from Chappell, Packer had apparently reacted with the words Im not hiring that f***ing straight breaker! Meanwhile Mallett received a call from Don Bradman. The great man asked Mallett to make a comeback but did not guarantee him a spot for the entire Test series the way it was guaranteed to the captain Bobby Simpson, who was also making a comeback in his early forties. Mallett contemplated the two options until he received a call from Chappell. Packer had apparently agreed to offer a contract to Mallett on one condition: the off-spinner had to fly to Sydney, bowl an over to Packer, and had to dismiss him at least twice. Mallett responded with the words tell Mr Packer to get f***ed! Chappell later revealed that he had not relayed the sentence to Packer (I didnt think it would be in your best interests); however, Mallett had acquired a World Series contract. Comeback Not only did World Series Cricket help Mallett earn a fortune, it also helped him to make a comeback to mainstream cricket: he came back to First-Class cricket after a three-year gap and picked up seven for 100 against Tasmania at Devonport in his comeback Sheffield match followed by seven for 166 against New South Wales at Adelaide in the next match. He played two Tests that summer, making an international comeback after four years at the age of 34. Though he picked up three wickets against West Indies at Adelaide but failed miserably against England at MCG. However, he finished the season with an impressive 53 wickets at 28.30. Surprisingly he made it to the England tour and played the Centenary Test at Lords. He picked up two for 86 in what turned out to be his last Test. He retired from First-Class cricket at the end of the next season after picking up nine wickets from his last two matches. Later life Post-retirement Mallett shifted seamlessly into the world of journalism and commentary, working sporadically as a spin-bowling coach.
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