Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Vicki Wood

Abbott demands Labor pass carbon tax repeal bill

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has again demanded Bill Shorten and the Labor Party respect the new government and allow the repeal of the carbon tax in the final two sittings weeks of parliament.

As federal politicians prepare for the final sittings before Christmas break, Mr Abbott said on Sunday it was time for the Labor Party to "respect the mandate we have" on both the carbon tax and changes to visas offered to asylum seekers.

"The Labor Party under Mr Shorten will never be able to accuse us of breaking commitments if it stands in the way of our commitment," he said.

"They are preventing this government from honouring its commitment to the Australian people."

Mr Abbott said whether the Opposition MPs were for or against the carbon tax, they had to "respect the Australian people - they voted against the carbon tax, and now the parliament should too".

He also called on Labor to refuse to be the "junior party with The Greens", as he expects a Greens motion to come before the Senate to disallow temporary protection visas for asylum seekers.

The visas, which were ended by the previous government, form part of the current government's policies to stop the flow of "illegal" boat arrivals, and will need approval by the Senate before becoming law.


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