Xenophon's theoretical stick and Hunt's missing carrots

The government's Direct Action scheme will pass the Senate but it doesn't pass muster. Senator Xenophon reckons he's added some stick but there's no trigger to use it and Minister Hunt's still pretending he's got enough carrots.

The federal government has now managed to secure agreement from enough senators to pass the legislation to establish its scheme for taxpayers to pay polluters to reduce their carbon emissions.

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