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first carbon bill passes lower house

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    THE federal government's carbon pricing package has passed its first hurdle to becoming law.
    The lower house held an initial vote on the Clean Energy Future Bill 2011 plus 17 associated bills today evening.

    Labor won the vote 74-73.

    The government was supported on the carbon tax legislation by Australian Greens MP Adam Bandt and independents Rob Oakeshott, Andrew Wilkie and Tony Windsor.

    The four also voted with Labor on the steel bill, alongside Queensland independent Bob Katter.
    The House of Representatives will now consider amendments to the 19 bills.

    These include amendments proposed by the government, the coalition and West Australian Nationals MP Tony Crook.

    A final lower house vote on the bills will be held tomorrow morning.

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