Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg has hit the phones to the Coalition backbench to calm growing concerns about the federal government's climate change review, and to stress the need for Australia to remain in the Paris agreement.
|Minister for Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg |
is calling backbenchers to shore up support for climate policy.
The calls were made after Fairfax Media last week revealed at least five government MPs wanted a possible re-think of Australia's commitment to the deal to reduce carbon emissions, after US President Donald Trump announced his country would quit the deal.
The move by Mr Frydenberg, who is allied with the conservative wing of the Coalition and who has been charged with overseeing reviews of the electricity sector and climate policy, underscores growing concern at the highest levels of the Turnbull government about new fissures opening up over the contentious policy area.
Malcolm Turnbull lost his job as opposition leader back in 2009 after a rebellion over climate policy led by Tony Abbott and the Prime Minister is keenly aware of just how sensitive climate policy remains inside the Coalition.
Read James Massola’s story in today’s Melbourne Age - “Josh Frydenberg hits the phones to keep government MPs in line over climate, Paris deal.”