Published: Tue, June 22, 2021
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New Australian deputy PM adds uncertainty to 2050 net zero target

New Australian deputy PM adds uncertainty to 2050 net zero target

"Michael McCormack made a significant contribution to the Infrastructure Transport and Regional Development portfolio as evidenced by the Federal Government's infrastructure investment program and CCF National congratulates him on his achievements since he came to the position in early 2018", CCF CEO Chris Melham says.

"If Mr McCormack remains in that position we are keen to keep working with him, and would also like to invite the new Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, to visit Benalla so he can see the two Inland Rail plans now on the table - and why we prefer the track realignment".

Wasting no time, it is understood when he spoke with Mr Morrison he already had a list of what would be needed to win key seats.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison told G7 leaders last week that Australia wants to achieve net-zero carbon emissions "as soon as possible", and preferably by 2050.

Joyce was on Monday returned as deputy PM after defeating incumbent Michael McCormack in a ballot for the leadership of the National Party, which forms the governing Coalition with PM Scott Morrison's Liberal Party.

The Nationals leader noted the world was changing and backed a re-elected coalition government as the only clear choice to manage the global stage.

"I don't walk away from making sure that I can be a better person to do a better job", he said.

He resigned as party leader in February 2018 after his personal life made the front pages for multiple reasons: first for leaving his wife for his pregnant mistress (former staffer Vikki Campion), and second for a sexual harassment complaint, which Joyce denied and which an investigation produced no conclusion.

But he said he had reflected during his three years on the backbench.

Speaking to the media on Monday afternoon, Mr McCormack said he accepted the "democratic process".

As part of its Save Our Station campaign, BBR has spent a lot of time lobbying the former Deputy Prime Minister, who this week was replaced by Barnaby Joyce.

Several women from Mr Joyce's New England electorate told The Daily Telegraph they supported their local MP taking up the leadership.

"I don't think the party was actually dissatisfied with my performance, someone wanted their job back and that drove them for three years", Mr McCormack said.

"Barnaby and I have a shared passion for ensuring our regions and rural communities thrive".

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