O’Dowd hopes chat with Palmer helps repeal tax

KEN O'Dowd's chat with Clive Palmer may have gained a positive result if it was the energy market they were chatting about, after the Palmer United Party yesterday pledged to support the Federal Government's legislation to support the carbon tax.

The Flynn MP was caught in an embarrassing blunder last week after a chat with Mr Palmer left him voting for the opposition on asset sales.

But he has come out this week pleased with the government's progress to repeal the carbon tax - a promise of Mr O'Dowd's at the last election.

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Following a meeting with PUP leader Clive Palmer on Wednesday, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that Mr Palmer and his senators would support the government's legislation to repeal the carbon tax.

Mr O'Dowd said the repeal of the carbon tax would be good for Flynn, "because industry relies on energy and that is what is being hit the most".

"For too long, this country has been held back by the carbon tax - a tax on energy, industry, jobs and ultimately everything we consume," he said.

"I certainly endorse the Prime Minister's comments that we look forward to working with the member for Fairfax and cross bench senators to ensure that all the savings from the abolition of the carbon tax are passed on to consumers.

"Perhaps tongue-in-cheek, but I'd like to think that I played a small part in Clive's co-operation with the government on this issue and others."



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