The Nationals’ climate position has become symbolic posturing and no longer represents Australian farmers | Clive Hamilton

The Nationals’ climate position has become symbolic posturing and no longer represents Australian farmers | Clive Hamilton

The party line of the bush ‘footing the bill’ for the nation’s emissions reduction is a false narrative

The narrative of the beleaguered farmer runs deep in the national psyche. It’s one often weaponised to berate pampered city slickers who don’t understand what life in the bush – what real life – is about.

The National party has come up with a new twist on the old grievance – farmers have been paying for Australia’s emission reductions while city folk have been luxuriating in the benefits.

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