November 30, 2009 / 10:57 PM / 10 years ago

Australia opposition elects new leader, ETS laws set to fail

CANBERRA, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Australia’s opposition elected a new leader on Tuesday, Tony Abbott, who is opposed to the government’s carbon-trade laws, ensuring the embattled legislation is almost certain to be defeated in a hostile Senate.

The carbon-trade scheme would be the biggest outside Europe, covering 75 percent of Australian emissions and start in July 2011. (Reporting by James Grubel; Editing by Michael Perry) ((james.grubel@reuters.com; +612 6273 2730; Reuters Messaging: james.grubel.reuters.com@reuters.net)) ((If you have a query or comment on this story, send an email to news.feedback.asia@thomsonreuters.com))

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