‘We have to be at the table’: Australia’s trade minister urges colleagues to back net zero to protect trade

‘We have to be at the table’: Australia’s trade minister urges colleagues to back net zero to protect trade

Dan Tehan says he has spoken with government MPs about the risks to key industries from ‘protectionist forces’ in some countries

The trade minister, Dan Tehan, has urged his government colleagues to back net zero emissions by 2050, declaring “the world is moving to decarbonise” and Australia must be at the table to fend off “protectionist forces”.

With the Morrison government attempting to reach a deal over climate policy as the Glasgow conference looms, Tehan revealed he had spoken with colleagues about the risks Australia faced if it failed to spell out a clear plan to net zero.

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