Jul 19, 2011

Under pressure: leaning on lobby groups over the carbon tax

Brad Kitschke, head of the Australian Sporting Goods Association and leader of the Fair Imports Alliance, has claimed that Tony Abbott's office effectively told him that the opposition would support his group on the GST issue if it came out against the carbon tax.

It’s hardly surprising that the carbon tax has become one of the most politically charged issues of the decade — after all,  Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott have staked their political futures on the tax.

But emotions aren’t just running high in Canberra.

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