I first wrote the title of this blog as "Australia kills carbon tax" but that isn't entirely true. I don't know a single Australian who doesn't feel embarrassed by Abbott. I mean presumably somebody voted for him, but I've never met one. It's a bit like the Bush years in America.
Anyway, see this article for an alternative overview on the fact that environmental taxes might not automatically be bad for the economy.
Since its election the Abbott administration has made a number of hugely controversial environmental decisions, including approving dumping dredging from mines in the Great Barrier Reef, culling sharks, installing a moratorium on new protected areas, and attempting to cut a huge swathe of forest from a UNESCO World Heritage site that was rebuked by the world body.