Australia Barnaby Joyce ordered Scott Morrison give Nationals extra cabinet seat
Net zero by 2050 climate plan may not be decided by COP26, as Nationals' Barnaby Joyce warns against being 'forced into a corner'
The Nationals leader says the party may not decide on a net zero by 2050 plan before next month's global climate conference, saying the plan would be shot down if a decision was forced sooner.The Nationals party room was yesterday presented with the government's climate change plan, but failed to come to a decision after hours of wrangling over it.
Prime Ministerhad to accept a secret written demand from the Nationals for an extra Cabinet spot to win their backing for his plan.
The return of resources and water minister Keith Pitt to the government's inner sanctum was a non-negotiable condition for Nationals support, it's been revealed.
The Coalition was divided after the PM vowed to fly out to the COP26 conference inwith a net-zero emissions by 2050 commitment, despite Nationals opposition.
The Nationals agreed to back net-zero after a slim majority accepted the proposal, despite Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce himself not supporting it.
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But Mr Joyce took the pragmatic option of adding an extra Nationals voice to the Cabinet and demanding Mr Pitt's reinstatement as the price of his party's support.
Within 24 hours of pledging to back the PM's plan, Mr Morrison announced the Nationals MP would be elevated back into the cabinet, just months after he was demoted to the outer ministry.
The announcement came after Nationals MP were shown the written demand during a two hour party room meeting on Sunday before it was handed to the PM, reported
Copies of the written demand were reportedly taken back from MPs after they had a chance to look at it to ensure it was not leaked to the media.
'Minister Pitt is a powerful voice for the resources sector and ensuring that we build upon Australia's strength in traditional exports, while harnessing opportunities in the new energy economy and critical minerals,' Mr Morrison said on Monday.
Nationals finally agree to support net-zero by 2050 after bitter war
Prime Minister Scott Morrison will fly to the Glasgow COP26 climate talks with a firm plan for net zero by 2050 after a last minute deal with the Nationals. The row over the issue threatened to rip the Coalition apart with the Nationals apparently unwilling to compromise on proposed Liberal commitments. But on Sunday, Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce said his party now supported a 'process' to get to net zero emissions by 2050.The threat of a looming election loss if there was no agreement is said to have been a key reason behind the pragmatic change of heart for the Nationals.
'Minister Pitt has been a strong advocate for regional and rural communities, both in his portfolio responsibilities and as a local MP.'
The National Party declared it would support a 2050 net-zero carbon emissions target, a historic move that brings Australia into line with most of the developed world just a week before crunch climate talks in.
After a week of internal meetings and debate, leader Barnaby Joyce said the junior Coalition party now backed the target and declared: 'I am 100 per cent on board with the goal of net zero by 2050.'
While it has not yet been publicly announced what the Nationals agreed to in order to support a net-zero plan, it was expected the party would push for an additional seat in cabinet.
Labor MP Anika Wells told the ABC: 'The news that Keith Pitt is off to cabinet out of this demonstrates once and for all that these actors are only in it for themselves, not for their actual constituents, and not with our economic prosperity and climate future in mind.'
Keith Pitt brought back to cabinet by Scott Morrison
Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday announced the Nationals MP Keith Pitt would be elevated back into the cabinet, just months after he was demoted.Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday announced the Nationals MP would be elevated back into the cabinet, just months after he was demoted to the outer ministry.
Mr Pitt was demoted from cabinet in June after Barnaby Joyce replaced Michael McCormack as Nationals leader.
Cabinet is expected to meet to discuss the net-zero plans later on Monday night.
The move harmonises Labor and Coalition climate change policy, ending a decade of the so-called 'climate wars' in politics.
It also marks a major shift for the deputy PM who has until now opposed climate change action by either questioning the existence of global warming or insisting that Australia can make no difference.
On Sunday, Mr Joyce said he expected there to be a 'firm commitment' to regional Australia in a submission which would go to cabinet this week, before Mr Morrison heads overseas on Thursday.
'The position regional people are in now is better than the terms and the process that was initially delivered to us,' he said after the party room meeting in Canberra.
'We are in support of a process going forward that would go towards a 2050 emissions target.
'Obviously that depends upon what we see in the cabinet submission reflecting the conversations and agreements between myself and the prime minister.'
After a secret deal, Nats agree to net zero. Just don’t ask how much they’re getting in return
Don't be fooled: the Nationals haven’t given up fighting tooth and nail to support the fossil fuel industry.Even Joyce’s confirmation of the Coalition’s shift was cautious and grudging, the coda to a week of very public hand-wringing over the deal, which in turn came after months of senior Nats declaring they would never in hell support net zero.
Apart from a 'socio-economic safety valve' which would include regular reviews of the impacts of the emissions target on jobs and industries in rural and regional areas, a key factor in getting the Nationals over the line was the prospect of an election loss without a net zero target.
'Standing up for them (regional Australians) is making sure that you are in the (cabinet) room where the decisions are being made,' the deputy prime minister said.
'Heroics that have no outcome, heroics that leave nothing but a rhetorical flourish - but leave the person who is hurting in the same position as what they were - is not an outcome the Nationals party room supported.'
He declined to say whether the prime minister had agreed during the negotiations to give the Nationals an extra cabinet position.
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