Could the calamity unfolding in Britain happen in Australia? Is a net zero target to blame, as the deputy PM claims? Adam Morton looks behind the National leader’s claims While we wait on the latest signal from the Morrison government on whether it might shift its position from “preferring” to reach net zero emissions by 2050 to joining the 129 countries that have set an actual target, it is worth considering the language of a man central to that decision: the deputy prime minister.
Angus Taylor has floated the possibility of the government agreeing to a roadmap but not the target Liberal MPs in metropolitan seats have declared the Morrison government needs to adopt both a net zero target and a roadmap demonstrating how that commitment will be met, because one doesn’t work without the other.
Resources minister Keith Pitt pushes back against Josh Frydenberg, who has made the case for signing up to 2050 target The federal resources minister, Keith Pitt, has pushed back against Josh Frydenberg after the treasurer made the case for the government signing up to net zero emissions, declaring resources industry jobs were more important than “demands from foreign countries or the United Nations”.
Former Coalition frontbencher says it would be madness to rule out a conversation when there could be opportunities for regional Australia The former federal frontbencher Darren Chester has declared the National party needs to have a “credible policy” on emissions reduction and sustainability which includes an aspirational target of net zero by 2050.
The moderates are mobilising – and the prime minister’s office knows it At 7.31am on Tuesday morning, Scott Morrison’s backbench liaison staffer sent out a WhatsApp blast to Liberal MPs asking them not to front the media without first checking with the prime minister’s press office.
Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce describes getting all states to agree on a Covid re-opening policy as 'mustering cats'
Australia's deputy prime minister has issued some harsh words to state leaders Barnaby Joyce has warned against the ongoing zero-case pursuit Still focusing on case numbers will lead to economic collapse, he explained . The acting prime minister said states should re-join the nation when vaccination coverage reached nationally agreed targets of 70 and 80 per cent.
Acting prime minister says he understands France’s disappointment over submarine deal but Australia has nothing to prove Exclusive: in the first piece in a new Guardian series on China and tensions in the Indo-Pacific, Japan’s defence minister says the international community must bolster deterrence efforts against Beijing’s military
Acting PM says Porter ‘had a bad day at the wicket’, but may return as a minister as he hadn’t done anything illegal in accepting anonymous funds Acting prime minister Barnaby Joyce has endorsed Christian Porter to return to the ministry in future, just one day after the former industry minister resigned over his legal fees being paid by a trust with money from unknown donors.
Barnaby Joyce relishes filling in as Prime Minister during his first press conference acting in the top job - weighing in on war with China, free speech and Christian Porter
Barnaby Joyce is Acting Prime Minister with Scott Morrison in the United States He held his first press conference on Monday and discussed peace with China Mr Joyce also said he expects Christian Porter to return to the frontbench Barnaby Joyce declared 'we want peace' with China during his first official press conference as Acting Prime Minister while Scott Morrison is on a trip to visit President Joe Biden in the United States.
Australian airlines are showered with $183million in taxpayer cash to keep crew employed until the borders reopen by Christmas
Australian airports and airlines handed huge support package to pay their staff International borders expected to open by Christmas along with most state ones Government hopes restarting travel will boost the economy after lockdowns The nation's major international airports stand ready for the return of international travel, aided by federal government support to assist in additional security screening requirements.
Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce 'would put money on' newly resigned minister Christian Porter returning to the frontbench one day - after quitting over mystery money that helped fund his defamation case against the ABC
Christian Porter resigned on Sunday after revealing he accepted mystery money This money was used to fund his defamation case against the ABC As yet Mr Porter hasn't explained who the mystery benefactor is Barnaby Joyce believes Mr Porter will one day return to the frontbench again Barnaby Joyce expects former federal minister Christian Porter to one day return to the frontbench after quitting for failing to explain who helped fund his defamation case.
Why Australia SHOULDN'T stop at nuclear submarines: How atomic power could solve a raft of the country's problems - from soaring power bills to climate change
Australia will now build nuclear submarines but still bans nuclear energy A nuclear power industry in Australia could reduce emissions and power prices A third of the world's uranium is located in Australia but it is not enriched here Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce and others are pushing for Australia to go nuclear
The PM’s Aukus partners, Biden and Johnson, are on a backslapping unity ticket of ambition on combatting global heating Scott Morrison flies to Washington next week. So does the British prime minister Boris Johnson. On current planning, Australia’s prime minister will see Joe Biden and Johnson in the US capital on Tuesday, and not on a screen, which feels strangely audacious from locked-down Canberra.
Barnaby Joyce declares test for Nationals to sign up will be impact on jobs ‘in Muswellbrook’ The Liberal senator Andrew Bragg has urged Scott Morrison to commit to net zero emissions at the Cop26 climate talks in Glasgow as the Nationals leader, Barnaby Joyce, has warned that the test for whether or not the junior Coalition partner signs up will be the impact on jobs “in Muswellbrook”.
Australia’s deputy prime minister likened questioning of his stance on global heating to a baptism where parents were required to ‘denounce Satan’ Australia’s deputy prime minister has refused to say he accepts key findings of the latest global summary of climate science, declaring he won’t be “berated” or participate in a “kangaroo court”.
'The idiot position': Barnaby Joyce slams Annastacia Palaszczuk over Queensland's hard border closure and says people have 'moved on' from Covid restrictions and 'just want their lives back'
Barnaby Joyce has slammed Annastacia Palaszczuk's hard border closure, saying she is on the 'wrong side of history'. The Queensland Premier on Wednesday blocked people from Victoria, NSW and the ACT relocating to the Sunshine State for two weeks because Brisbane's quarantine hotels are full and she refuses to allow home quarantine.
After a tumultuous few months, prime minister urges colleagues to ‘stay together’ to remain in power Scott Morrison has declared he intends to keep the Coalition in power despite the controversies and missteps of the past few months, as the prime minister gave colleagues a homily about unity, noting incumbents stay in power when they “stay together”.
Nationals leader tells Queensland senator fall of Kabul and fight over climate change policy are disparate issues ‘and should not be conflated’ The Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce has criticised his “friend” and outspoken colleague Matt Canavan for asking whether the Taliban would sign up Afghanistan to a net zero carbon emissions policy.