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Nationals won’t back net zero ‘unless it’s right for the regions’, Bridget McKenzie says

Call for ‘respect’ for junior Coalition party comes as cabinet meets to consider new climate roadmap

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The leader of the Nationals in the Senate, Bridget McKenzie, has distanced her party from “the Liberal party’s plan” to cut emissions, declaring there will be “no deal unless it’s right for the regions”.

As cabinet meets on Wednesday to consider a new climate roadmap the prime minister, Scott Morrison, wants to unveil before the Glasgow conference, a new poll suggests a clear majority of Australians – 69% – want his government to put Australia on a path to net zero emissions.

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