HYDRO ALUMINIUM TO CLOSE

The carbon tax has claimed its first victim, with Norsk Hydro announcing it intends to close its Hunter aluminium smelter.

The move will put 350 people out of work, affect countless contractors, and have a devastating effect on communities around the plant.

The news sparked a furore in federal parliament, with the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader trading barbs, and a Hunter MP ejected.

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