Net zero deal: Nationals ‘wait with bated breath’ for extra Cabinet position
The National Party has agreed to a plan to cut Australia’s carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.
The junior Coalition partner was seeking assurances for farming and mining communities.
It remains unknown what concessions the Liberal Party agreed to, but reports suggest the Nationals could gain a Cabinet position.
Neil Breen put the question to Deputy Leader of the National Party David Littleproud.
Neil Breen: “Did you get an extra Cabinet spot?”
David Littleproud: “That’s at the discretion of the Prime Minister, and obviously that’ll be up to him to decide.
“The National Party has always prosecuted the point that we deserved an extra Cabinet position.
“Obviously until the Prime Minister makes any announcement or determination, we’ll wait with bated breath.”
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Journalist Dennis Atkins told Sofie Formica Resources Minister Keith Pitt is a frontrunner for the new Cabinet position.
Mr Pitt was moved out of Cabinet earlier this year when Barnaby Joyce became the Leader of the National Party.
“It’s suggested, and I think probably correctly, Keith Pitt was one of those eight along with Barnaby Joyce who didn’t support the policy, so he’s being rewarded for not supporting the policy.”
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