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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.
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”. James Ross/AAP

Victorian minister plays hardball with Turnbull on the NEG

“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. Darren England/AAP

Consumers let down badly by electricity market: ACCC report

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. Daniel Pockett/AAP

Exit Paris climate agreement: Tony Abbott

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. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Tony Abbott loses traction in his fight on energy

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.
Increased tourism in Iceland is bringing more attention to controversial practices such as commercial whaling and consumption of whale meat. ELDING/AAP

Why Iceland is set to resume whaling despite international opposition

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.
Uluru at sunset at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory. AAP

Why we are banning tourists from climbing Uluru

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.