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The study would “identify viable locations for firm generation including coal, gas, pumped hydro, and biomass opportunities, including Collinsville and Gladstone.” Nickj/Wikimedia Commons

Morrison kicks decision on Queensland coal plant well down the road

Twelve projects have been ticked under the Underwriting New Generation Investment program, although there will be no contracts before the election.
Sharma said a small improvement in the emissions trajectories of large emitters such as China would have much greater impact than anything Australia could itself do. Joel Carrett/AAP

Sharma calls for Australia to play a bigger international role on climate

These efforts should include trying to turn around the United States' decision to leave the Paris agreement, Sharma told the Coalition for Conservation on Tuesday night.
Morrison defends the government’s record on climate and attacks. Labor’s policy as irresponsible. Rob Blakers/AAP

Morrison to announce $2 billion over 10 years for climate fund

The money will extend the Emissions Reduction Fund, set up under the Abbott government's “direct action” program, which at present has only $226 million uncommitted in it.
A burnt out property near Miena, Tasmania. The central Tasmanian house was fitted with roof sprinklers and surrounded by cleared land but succumbed to flying embers from bushfires. AAP Image/Tasmania Fire Service

How a bushfire can destroy a home

If you're preparing to defend your home from fire, be aware of the vulnerable parts of your house.
Morrison has made dealing with the impact of drought one of his. priorities since becoming prime minister. Lukas Coch/AAP

Government to set up new multi-billion Future Drought Fund

The fund is to provide support against future droughts, helping primary producers, non-government organisations and communities prepare for and respond to their impact.
With Victoria the main obstacle, Frydenberg said: ‘It’s time Daniel Andrews stopped walking both sides of the street and put the interests of Victorians first and the businesses of Victorians first.’ Lukas Coch/AAP

Turnbull beats Abbott over NEG, now Frydenberg has to win Victoria

Tuesday's party room mood reflected the sense most Coalition MPs have that to save marginal seats and give the government its best chance of survival, they need to unite behind Turnbull.
Both Abbott and former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce have flagged they could cross the floor on the emissions reduction legislation. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Abbott and Turnbull shape up for another round of an old battle

The Coalition party room on Tuesday is set for a high stakes, quite personal battle between Abbott and Turnbull over the NEG, with former and current prime ministers shaping up on Monday.
Frydenberg said: “Never before has there been an energy policy that has attracted such broad support.” Alex Murray/AAP

Victoria says it won’t sign up to the NEG without concessions

Meanwhile, underlining that next week will see a tough internal debate, Liberal backbencher Tony Pasin has contradicted Malcolm Turnbull’s statement that the NEG had already been endorsed by the party room.
If he can get in principle agreement on the NEG on Friday, Josh Frydenberg will then take the planned federal legislation on emissions targets to the Coalition party room the following Tuesday, with the COAG energy council signing off on the package after that meeting. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Victorian Labor government shapes up to Canberra over NEG

The Victorian Labor government's cabinet will consider on Monday a raft of demands around the National Energy Guarantee ahead of a crucial federal-state energy ministers' meeting later this week.