Nationals finally support Prime Minister Scott Morrison's net-zero emissions by ...

Nationals finally support Prime Minister Scott Morrison's net-zero emissions by ...
Nationals finally support Prime Minister Scott Morrison's net-zero emissions by ...

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. 

'Standing up for them (regional Australians) is making sure that you are in the (cabinet) room where the decisions are being made,' said Mr Joyce.

Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce (pictured) said his party now supported a 'process' to get to net zero emissions by 2050 for the POM to take to the COP26 talks in Glasgow

Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce (pictured) said his party now supported a 'process' to get to net zero emissions by 2050 for the POM to take to the COP26 talks in Glasgow

'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.'

The final blueprint has yet to be drawn up for the PM to take when he jets off to the UK on Thursday.

However a submission will go before Cabinet this week and the deputy prime minister said he expected it to have a 'firm commitment' to regional Australia.

Mr Joyce claimed it would be a better deal for the regions when he emerged from the two hour party room meeting in Canberra on Sunday. 

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. (Pictured, an activist wearing a Scott Morrison mask outside Parliament in Canberra)

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. (Pictured, an activist wearing a Scott Morrison mask outside Parliament in Canberra)

'The position regional people are in now is better than the terms and the process that was initially delivered to us,' he said.

'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.'  

He declined to say whether the prime minister had agreed to give the Nationals an extra cabinet position during the negotiations.

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