Australian Government Breaks Up Climate Change Bill

Law360, New York (August 17, 2009, 4:17 PM EDT) -- The Australian government has backed down under pressure from opponents and agreed to split in two a historic climate change bill, in an effort to break a deadlock in the Senate and push through a portion of the legislation as early as this week.

The compromise with the country's opposition party follows Thursday's defeat in the upper house chamber of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's ambitious Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.

Climate Change Minister Penny Wong confirmed in a statement Monday that the renewable energy portion of the...
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