Federal crossbench MP Tony Crook has this morning indicated he will not support the Gillard Government in its attempt to change the Migration Act to bypass a recent High Court ruling that banned the Malaysia Solution. The Government needed his vote to pass the legislation and has now called a snap Cabinet meeting to discuss its options which means the vote may not go ahead today.
With the pass of the Carbon tax in parliament yesterday, the consumer watchdog is gearing up for a carbon tax blitz to protect consumers. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims revealed some taxi drivers had already been caught trying to add a “carbon levy” to fares, while a few companies were being probed for price rises that were “just silly”.
Mr Sims said the ACCC would launch a nationwide campaign and issue detailed guidelines showing what price rises would and would not be allowed.