Net zero by 2050? Over our dead body, bolshie Nationals tell Scott Morrison | Katharine Murphy

The ‘new energy economy’ unfolding all around us is once again hostage to Australia’s gruesome, internecine climate change politics

On Thursday morning, shortly after the resources minister, Keith Pitt, finished his “net zero by 2050: not on your nelly” sortie on the ABC, the governor of the reserve bank, Philip Lowe, touched down in Queensland Nationals country.

Lowe went to Toowoomba to deliver a keynote address at the Australian Farm Institute conference. The speech was principally about household debt, house prices and whether Australians could ever expect a pay rise. But during the questions that followed the presentation, the RBA governor was asked about decarbonisation in the agriculture sector.

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