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Regional Liberals praise ‘upsides’ of climate action as some Nationals continue scare campaign

Federal Liberal MP Rowan Ramsey says ‘we have to face up to what the world is doing and … have an intelligent debate’

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Rural Liberals are backing a move towards a net zero emissions target despite warnings from some within the federal Nationals that regional Australia would “pay the cost” of decarbonising the economy.

The shifting support for the target – including from conservatives who have previously railed against emissions reduction policies – comes as a new report reiterates that Australia ranks among the worst performers in the G20 in addressing the climate crisis.

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