Australian jobs more important than net zero, Nationals minister says

Resources minister Keith Pitt pushes back against Josh Frydenberg, who has made the case for signing up to 2050 target

The federal resources minister, Keith Pitt, has pushed back against Josh Frydenberg after the treasurer made the case for the government signing up to net zero emissions, declaring resources industry jobs were more important than “demands from foreign countries or the United Nations”.

The Queensland National told Guardian Australia anyone could front-run the government’s internal deliberations on climate policy ahead of the Cop26 summit in Glasgow but “there’s currently no proposal nor agreement”.

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