The newly returned Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce will demand even more control over future climate change policies and more senior ministerial portfolios as part of a secret Coalition agreement to be renegotiated with Prime Minister Scott Morrison throughout the week.
The agreement between the Liberal and National parties has huge consequences for Australia's domestic politics and, in terms of climate change, our international standing. It's very much in the public interest. So it's very lucky that we managed to get our hands on a first draft of the document, which sets out the junior Coalition party's very serious demands.
Despite what we acknowledge are its best efforts, the Liberal Party is still managing to give the impression that it's taking action to combat climate change. The Nationals will not be satisfied until such time as Morrison is doing so little that the Australian media stop describing him as "shifting" or "inching" towards a net zero target. As such we ask that the Libs commit resources to finding out how they can possibly do less to combat climate change.