/ 25 October 2021

Nats get on the net zero bus

Image source: AAP
Image source: AAP

While you were catching some blissful rest this weekend (we hope), wheeling and dealing on the Coalition’s climate policy has been ongoing. The result: the Nationals have agreed to the target of net zero emissions by 2050. Reports this morning say a ‘‘substantially’’ upgraded projection for emissions cuts by 2030 has also been agreed, but it won’t be turned into a formal commitment. The price of gaining the Nats’ support is yet to be revealed… “The easy decision would be to say ‘no’ and join other people in screaming and yelling from the sidelines, having no influence on where the decision went,” leader/Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce said late yesterday. It’s a big step for the party after years of resistance, and it means that the 2 major blocks of Australian federal politics – the Coalition and Labor – agree on Australia’s long-term emissions reduction target. Next up: climate action

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