Australia’s Greens party, which helped Prime Minister Julia Gillard form a minority government, sought to distance itself from the ruling Labor party whose popularity is slumping ahead of elections due Sept. 14.
Christine Milne, whose Australian Greens party holds the balance of power in the nation’s Senate, grimaces as she recalls the day an opponent called her a “political slut” in Tasmania’s state parliament.
Australia’s Greens leader Christine Milne, whose party holds the balance of power in parliament’s upper house, reached out to business leaders with a pledge to increase the nation’s productivity and prosperity.
Australian regulators should probe trading in steelmakers’ shares in the week before the announcement of a carbon-tax plan that gives $300 million ($322 million) in concessions to the industry, say two lawmakers who sat on the committee that helped design the policy.
Australia needs a price of more than A$40 ($42) per ton on carbon emissions, Greens Senator Christine Milne said, setting up a potential conflict with the ruling party as lawmakers negotiate details of a trading plan.