Nationals Senator Matt Canavan says one of his “fundamental objections” to a net zero by 2050 target is it can only be reached “through the hand of big government”.

“One of my fundamental objections to going down the net zero path is it does mean that big government is put in charge of what car you can drive, of what you can use for a power source, even what food you can eat,” he told Sky News host Chris Kenny.

“Big government is going to be there to plan your own individual life and there’s another word for such a planned economy – it’s called communism.

“That is not … what we’re about, we’re about that small, individual personal responsibility and opportunity.

“And net zero doesn’t do that, it will crush all that individuality because there’ll have to be a whole lot of rules to make sure we meet net zero.”

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