Morrison has made dealing with the impact of drought one of his.
priorities since becoming prime minister.
The fund is to provide support against future droughts, helping primary producers, non-government organisations and communities prepare for and respond to their impact.
Shorten, making the announcement, will say the present trigger is too weak because it doesn’t have to be activated when prices are high.
A Labor government would introduce a permanent gas export control trigger that could be pulled when prices were too high, not just when a shortfall is forecast.
Turnbull was flanked by Cormann and Morrison who reiterated their support for his leadership.
The government is also dropping its attempt to scrap the energy supplement for new welfare entrants.
President Trump is challenging the US states’ right to set their own emissions targets.
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It's time Australian states took a lesson from US states when it comes to working around obstructive federal climate change policies.
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.’
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.
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Wildfires in the US have drawn thousands of firefighters. Meanwhile, Indonesia is struggling to rebuild in the wake of earthquakes. What's the difference? Poverty and access to resources.
Both Abbott and former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce have flagged they could cross the floor on the emissions reduction legislation.
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.
Victorian energy minister Lily D'Amrbosio has voiced concerns over the National Energy Guarantee’s relatively modest emissions target.
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Federal energy minister says his state counterparts have moved closer to approving the National Energy Guarantee, but no one signed on the dotted line at Friday's crunch talks.
Victorian Energy minister Lily D'Ambrosio said she suggested the longer timetable “during the course of recent weeks”.
Victoria has again shifted the goal posts in the battle over the NEG suggesting parliament should pass the federal government's emissions reduction legislation ahead of states signing onto the NEG.
Frydenberg said: “Never before has there been an energy policy that has attracted such broad support.”
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.
Turnbull on Monday night said the NEG plan had “overwhelming support” in the party room.
On Monday the Labor states were jibbing at agreeing even in principle to the NEG mechanism at Friday's COAG energy council meeting, ahead of Malcolm Turnbull showing he can deliver his 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.
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.
In a speech to be delivered on Tuesday, D'Ambrosio will play on dissent in the Coalition, saying: “Malcolm Turnbull is trying to get us to sign up to something that hasn’t gone to his own party room – a place full of climate sceptics”.
“We won't support a scheme that leaves the states in the dark and leaves us all hostage to the extremists in Turnbull's party room,” D'Ambrosio will say.
The ACCC backs the Turnbull government’s push for its National Energy Guarantee, calling on other governments to commit to it.
The ACCC says the electricity market is facing its most challenging time, with the present situation being unacceptable and unsustainable.
Abbott played down the importance of the government’s much-vaunted tax cuts in comparison with the implications of energy policy.
Delivering the Bob Carter Commemorative Lecture in Melbourne, Abbott said: ''Withdrawing from the Paris agreement that is driving the NEG would be the best way to keep prices down and employment up"
Before the Coalition party room meeting Abbott had again publicly left the way open to cross the floor when legislation comes to parliament, assuming Frydenberg gets a deal at the COAG Energy Council in August.
Malcolm Turnbull and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg had clear Coalition party room support on Tuesday to decisively stare down a fresh sortie by Tony Abbott on the National Energy Guarantee.
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The majestic Eucalyptus regnans stands far above its forest brethren.
Increased tourism in Iceland is bringing more attention to controversial practices such as commercial whaling and consumption of whale meat.
Iceland is set to resume commercial whaling in June after a two-year hiatus, arguing that the moratorium put in place by the international community was never intended to be an open-ended ban.
Barnaby Joyce said the government building a coal-fired power station would be consistent with its existing policies.
Barnaby Joyce says he would be '100%' behind the government constructing coal-fired power stations if that would lower the price of electricity.
Sustainable swimwear shopping means that you don’t have to worry about the sea soaking in plastic from your bathers while you soak in the sun!
Summer may have come to an official end, but the plastics from your bathers might still be at the beach!
Bill Shorten said he had become increasingly sceptical of Adani in recent months.
Bill Shorten has taken a further step toward opposing the proposed Queensland Adani coal mine.
The reappearance of the night parrot was one of the conservation stories of the year.
Environment news isn't all bad, you know. Here are some of 2017's happier stories, from friendly magpies to rebounding leopards.
Solar-powered arrays can be left in remote locations, recording high-quality audio for years.
In a global first, hundreds of solar-powered microphones will be placed across Australia, listening out for invasive species, rare animals and the effects of climate change.
Uluru at sunset at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory.
The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board of management has this week announced that tourists will be banned from climbing Uluru from 2019. Sammy Wilson, chairman of the park board, explains why.
A volunteer diver surveys marine life at Lord Howe Island.
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Reef Life Survey, a citizen science project where hundreds of volunteer scuba divers survey thousands of ocean sites, has revealed new insights into marine mysteries.