Gillard and the Greens announce that there will be a functioning carbon price by mid-2012…
(Packham, Ben; Massola, James (24 February 2011). “Australia to have carbon price from July 1, 2012, Julia Gillard announces”. The Australian.)
Gillard had, just before the 2010 election uttered the immortal lines “ There will be no carbon tax in any government I lead.”
Whoops. The election had resulted in a hung parliament, and in order to get the support of the enough other MPs (including a Green), Gillard had to agree to… an emissions trading scheme. The vehemence and vitriol of the anti-Gillard campaign in 2011 was extraordinary, even by Australian standards… More on this later.
Other things that happened on this day: