Scott Morrison under pressure from all sides on climate action

Nationals MP Darren Chester’s announcement that he will remove himself from the federal party room until at least next month further complicates a push for Australia to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

Mr Chester expressed frustration with the party’s leadership over what he called disrespectful and offensive views expressed by a minority of colleagues and a lack of action on climate policy.

The development came after Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed he was working on a plan for Australia to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

Australia is under growing international pressure to lock in greenhouse reduction targets ahead of the UN climate change conference in Glasgow which kicks off next month.

Most wealthy countries are working to halve their emissions by 2030, while Australia has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26 per cent (from 2005 levels) by 2030.

But within government, there are some pushing for no further action at all.

Today on Please Explain, foreign affairs and national security correspondent Anthony Galloway joins Bianca Hall to talk about why Australia is increasingly isolated on climate and defence policy, and the challenges Mr Morrison faces in bringing his party room with him to commit to net zero by 2050.

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