Warming up to a big reveal
Having secured a deal with the Nationals, PM Scott Morrison is set to announce the details of the government’s climate policy today. We already know that the Nationals’ Resources Minister Keith Pitt is to be elevated to Cabinet. And today, we’re set to find out about plans to incentivise heavy manufacturers to lower emissions, and investments to be made in ‘green technologies’. The government is now signed up to the long-term goal of net zero emissions by 2050, but it is not changing the target for 2030 to reduce emissions by 26-28% on 2005 levels. More details on how we’re tracking against that target will also be revealed today, reports say. Writing in News Corp newspapers this morning (paywall), Morrison says “I am determined to shield our nation from the negative impact of these changes while positioning us to take advantage of the many opportunities presented, especially for rural and regional Australia.” Labor supports the net zero target, but yesterday urged Morrison to come clean with the details. Not onboard: Nats leader Barnaby Joyce. He’s said to be personally opposed to what has been agreed but has allowed the views of the majority of Nats MPs and senators to prevail.
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