National Party Leader Barnaby Joyce argues that he was able to secure key carve-outs from the prime minister’s net zero target, including for agriculture.

He sounded the alarm on the potential for cuts to methane emissions as part of UN climate talks.

The US and EU have been pushing other nations to slash methane emissions by 30 per cent by 2030 but it appears Australia will hold out on this.

Mr Joyce insisted this is because he put this in part of the agreement he negotiated with the prime minister.

However, regional Liberals have pushed back against this, saying it wasn’t part of the deal Energy Minister Angus Taylor put on the table and even if it was they would not have signed up to it.

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