PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has vowed his government will stand firm and not rest until the carbon tax is gone.
A proposal to repeal the tax was blocked in the Senate on Thursday when the Palmer United Party senators voted against the government's plan.
Mr Abbott used a speech to party faithful at the LNP state conference in Brisbane yesterday to say Thursday's vote would not deter his plans to scrap the tax.
The government wouldn't be put off by a bad headline or "one or two parliamentary difficulties", he said.
"If we have a problem one day in the parliament, we will work, we will regroup, we will deal with it the next day," he told the conference.
"If we have a problem, we don't despair, we deal with it.
"We won't rest until the carbon tax is gone. It's adding 9% to your power bills. It's a $9 billion handbrake on our economy.
"It must go."
Mr Abbott refused to criticise PUP leader Clive Palmer's involvement in last week's Senate vote, instead switching the focus to Labor's reluctance to rid Australia of the tax.
"We know that Mr Palmer will change his mind by Monday, but (Opposition Leader) Bill Shorten will still be there come Monday, come Tuesday, come next week, come next month, come next year, supporting putting your power prices up," he said.
"Smiling every time your power bill increases."
Mr Abbott also defended the government's budget.