The Nationals want to ensure they get the “best possible deal” for regional Australia when it comes to a net zero agreement, says former deputy prime minister John Anderson.

“It needs to be recognised they’re doing the job they’re put there for, they’re testing all of this, they’re teasing it out,” he told Sky News host Peta Credlin.

“I want to make this plea to people who say they’re holding back: they want to know that they can secure the best possible deal.”

Mr Anderson said a deal needs to include soundly based technology pathways which can provide the energy which is required for Australian farmers to continue to improve their productivity.

“We’re in the business of feeding people at affordable rates,” he said.

“It has to be real answers.”

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