Federal ministers are planning to neutralise a backbench threat on climate change by making sure any net zero emissions target will not be mandated by law.
The Prime Minister will be judged on how he handles the economy after JobKeeper, the vaccine rollout, climate change, aged care and China.
Mark Butler, one of the party’s strongest advocates for ambitious carbon targets, will lose the portfolio of climate change and energy after months of dispute over whether Labor should make a new pledge to cut emissions by 2030 or 2035.
Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has urged the Morrison government to seize on new climate change agenda from US President Joe Biden to commit to net zero emissions by 2050.
An impasse in Parliament has stymied a push to investigate banks and insurance companies that consider climate change risk as a factor in major deals.
It only takes a hint of ambition on climate change to set off panic in some quarters of Scott Morrison’s party room, and a net zero target might do it.
The royal commission into natural disasters calls for stronger peak agencies, better warning systems and faster military deployments.