Barnaby Joyce was deputy prime minister when Morrison overruled Nationals resources minister Keith Pitt over the PEP-11 gas exploration off the NSW coast.
It’s early days for Littleproud’s leadership, but the policy issues the party faces – energy and live sheep exports, for example – are perennial.
The Nationals have long promoted coal for regional development and politics. But new leader David Littleproud could seize the moment and refocus the regional party.
Joyce’s deputy David Littleproud and backbencher Darren Chester have both announced they will run for the leadership of the Nationals.
While the Liberal and Labor parties each face several nail-biting contests, the Nationals have have fewer immediate concerns ahead of May 21.
“The world has moved past Matt Canavan,” David Littleproud declared on Wednesday, tossing his colleague and former resources minister firmly under the bus as the “climate wars” exploded within the Coalition
Look beyond the fanfare about large infrastructure projects like Hells Gate and what we are left with is a largely business-as-usual budget for regional Australia
Barnaby Joyce, in his usual blunt fashion, told a TV interviewer on Wednesday morning Scott Morrison would get a bad reception when he visited Lismore.
Claims Prime Minister Scott Morrison is a liar have been piling up. Cognitive psychologists who study misinformation look at how voters react when politicians lie.
This episode will reinforce the opinion of some Liberals that Joyce has proved a liability to the government (just as they expected).
Anger has big advantages for a campaigning politician. Scott Morrison, the electoral strategist, knows this. Albanese needs to learn, and fast.
Targets for reductions in methane and other greenhouse gases should be guided by science, and set in line with the Paris deal.
The Liberals and the Nationals need each other to stay in government. But climate policy gives us an insight into just how precarious – yet effective – that coalition can be.
For Morrison the 2050 policy is an attempted barnacle-removing process, for both the Glasgow conference and the election.
It appears from recent polling that the more the deputy prime minister is in the spotlight, the worse the Coalition will perform.
Restoring farmland is one of the best ways to tackle climate and environmental issues over the long-term. But this doesn’t appear to be part of the Nationals deal.
Scott Morrison’s plan relies on many “heroic” assumptions which may or may not turn out to be reasonable.
Barnaby Joyce has delivered to Scott Morrison but fears the cost
Nationals agree to net-zero and win extra cabinet spot in the negotiations
The real decisions on Australia’s emissions reduction are being made by state governments and civil society, or outside the country altogether.