Morrison government will avoid ‘handouts’ to Nationals to clinch climate deal, Birmingham suggests

Morrison government will avoid ‘handouts’ to Nationals to clinch climate deal, Birmingham suggests

Finance minister backs Josh Frydenberg’s economic case for net zero but is asked what Barnaby Joyce’s support will cost

Liberal frontbencher Simon Birmingham has signalled his opposition to offering the National party “handouts” to clinch a deal on climate policy, as the Morrison government wrestles with internal divisions in the lead-up to a crucial UN summit.

With metropolitan Liberals increasingly concerned the National party is dictating the terms of the government’s climate policy, the treasurer Josh Frydenberg made a significant public intervention on Friday, articulating the economic case for Australia to commit to net zero emissions by 2050.

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