Prime Minister Scott Morrison has no plans to take a medium-term target different to Australia’s current 2030 climate change target to Glasgow, according to Political Editor Andrew Clennell.

“It is going to come down to a situation of net zero by 2050 or bust when it comes to taking a proposal to the Nationals party room next Sunday,” Mr Clennell said.

“The contest, several government sources have told me, is whether the PM commits to a net-zero target by 2050 next week with a technology roadmap. Or whether he says here is our plan to preferably get there.

“Federal Cabinet had an initial discussion around committing to a plan for net-zero yesterday.

“Now the Nats meet on this issue this Sunday afternoon – with a possible address from Energy Minister Angus Taylor –  and the proposal then goes back to cabinet next Wednesday for endorsement – just one week before Scott Morrison is due to fly out to Rome and Glasgow for the COP26 Climate Conference if he goes. 

“It’s understood Scott Morrison favours a net-zero target by 2050. Josh Frydenberg also favours a target.

“Even Barnaby Joyce will wear a target, several sources says. But there are elements of the Nationals and Liberal party right-wing who would prefer committing only to a plan to try to get to net-zero by 2050 rather than the target – just sticking with a technology roadmap.”

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