Nice doing bills with you.
With the wheels of legislation turning and the carbon tax at half-peal, we leave you for this Monday evening.
But before that, what did we learn today?
- Angelina Jolie is harder to pin down than Scott Morrison when it comes to Nauru;
- David Leyonhjelm - a straight man who has never married his partner - is Parliament's new champion for same-sex marriage;
- Clive Palmer suddenly has heaps of mates in Parliament; and
- Who knows if the tail is wagging the dog, but the PUPs are sure contributing to the overall wiggle.
Many thanks for tuning in today. Alex Ellinghausen and special guest photographer Andrew Taylor and I will see you tomorrow.
Adam Bandt says this:
For going backwards on climate change, history will condemn this Abbott gov't. But on the plus side, I reckon it will happen pretty soon.— Adam Bandt (@AdamBandt) July 14, 2014
Greg Hunt has this to say about things.
The House of Reps has voted to scrap Labor's carbon tax & deliver lower power bills for Aust families. Senate expected to consider tomorrow.— Greg Hunt (@GregHuntMP) July 14, 2014
The carbon tax repeal bills now head to the Senate.
It has three days to clear the upper house before the five week winter break.
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The carbon tax repeal has passed the House of Representatives.
83 ayes to 54 noes.
The bells have rung. The final vote on the carbon tax repeal is almost here.
The House votes on whether the "question be now put" on the Coalition-PUP amendments to the carbon tax repeal, as moved by Greg Hunt.
The result is: 83 ayes, 53 noes.
After that, Hunt's amendment was "accordingly put and passed" on the voices.
The bells are now ringing to vote on Labor's amendments to the carbon tax, which seek to replace the tax with an emissions trading scheme now.
And the result flips: 53 ayes, 83 noes.
Are the amendments agreed to?
Labor's environment spokesman Mark Butler says Labor has only been able to look at the government's amendment "in the last hour or two".
He says that the obligation to pass on savings to consumers only applies to a "limited" number of businesses.
And that it does not reflect Tony Abbott's "hysterical" claims about the impact of the carbon tax.
The carbon tax repeal sails through the second reading stage of the vote, 85 ayes to 54 noes.
Environment Minister Greg Hunt then moves amendments to ensure power savings are passed on to consumers.
(These are the changes that PUP has pushed for.)
Electricity and gas providers "must" pass on all savings to consumers.
"The amendments will ensure there is no doubt [as to] who is covered by the obligations," Hunt says.
He calls them a "light touch approach".
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The House divides on Adam Bandt's amendment.
No formal vote is taken as there are less than 5 MPs in support of it.
The House votes - easily - to stop debate on the carbon tax repeal.
84 ayes to 53 noes.
Is that a vote I see bobbing on the horizon?
Environment Minister Greg Hunt has come back into the House to move that the "question be put" (that the debate is stopped).
This starts the procedure rolling for a vote on the repeal.
(Although this is not the vote itself.)
As we push on with the carbon tax repeal debate - Liberal MP Sarah Henderson is arguing the government should not be hitting the economy with the CT - it is perfectly understandable if you're feeling some big-time deja vu.
The Carbon Tax Repeal Bill being introduced, re-introduced and re-re-introduced to the House of Representatives pic.twitter.com/n6fZ2PpauG— Alex Ellinghausen (@ellinghausen) July 14, 2014
Greens deputy leader Adam Bandt has spoken on the carbon tax repeal bills.
He has riffed on Ronald Reagan's line that "the first duty of every government is to protect it's people".
He has moved a Greens amendment that the carbon tax repeal is repealed.
And that Australia adopts an emissions reduction target of 40 to 60 per cent of 2000 levels by 2020.
(The current target is 5 per cent.)
Bandt is seconded by Tasmanian independent Andrew Wilkie.
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In other news, a Chinese state-owned paper has called Foreign Minister Julie Bishop a "complete fool".
Stop getting excited about Angelina Jolie going to Nauru, because it doesn't look like it is happening.
As immigration correspondent Sarah Whyte writes, sources have told Fairfax Media that the actress has no plans to visit Nauru.
And that her diary is full for the next 12 months.
Palmer is asked if his behaviour has been reported to the President of the Senate.
He makes a joke about Stephen Parry being a former undertaker but does not answer the question.
Mr Palmer, why should people take you seriously on the carbon tax - i.e. that you won't change your mind?
He replies that he has voted for the repeal.
(There has been no substantive vote yet)
Palmer then changes this to note he has spoken in favour of the abolition.
The PUP leader is becoming visibly annoyed when asked by journalists what has changed between his amendment last week [about passing savings on to consumers] and today.
He says it is not PUP's amendment, but the government's.
After all, it is the Coalition who is moving it ...
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