Australia halves carbon tax list to 500 companies
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Australia halves carbon tax list to 500 companies

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced that Australia’s proposed carbon tax would apply to half as many carbon gas polluters as promised.

Gillard told Parliament on Thursday that 500 companies that are among Australia’s worst carbon polluters would pay the tax starting July next year.

The government had promised to make 1,000 companies pay for every ton of carbon gas they emit.

Gillard says full details of the tax negotiated with the Greens party and key independent lawmakers will be made public Sunday.

A government decision to exclude gasoline from the scheme has spared many greenhouse gas polluters such as fuel refineries from the tax.

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