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Bridget McKenzie confesses she hasn’t read PM’s climate plan

A fiery back and forth during a parliamentary committee has led to one awkward admission.

A senior National MP has conceded she has not yet read the Prime Minister’s climate change plan during a fiery back and forth in Senate estimates.

Earlier on Tuesday, Scott Morrison released his long-awaited climate change plan, committing Australia to a carbon neutral future by 2050.

Under the plan, more than $20bn will be invested in low emissions technologies including carbon capture and storage.

Labor’s Kristina Keneally took up the issue in estimates, piling the pressure onto Emergency Management Minister Bridget McKenzie.

The senate sparring began when Senator McKenzie was asked how the documents handed out by the government on their climate plan reflected the Nationals party room stance on net zero.

“How does this represent the Nationals plan if it was finalised and printed before the Nationals party we met on Sunday,” Senator Keneally asked.

Senator McKenzie replied: “You can change documents quite easily these days, Senator Keneally. I would not be making those assumptions”

Senator Keneally continued: “Are you now guaranteeing that this was only finalised and printed after the Nationals met on Sunday?”

Senator McKenzie retorted: “I haven’t seen that document to be honest…You’re waving a bit of blue paper.”

An exasperated Senator Keneally asked how the Minister can know what is in the Government’s plan, if she hasn’t seen it.

“I read the National Farmers Federation’s media release,” Senator McKenzie replied.

The plan follows a week of theatrics by the Nationals as they bartered with the Liberals over an “in-principle agreement” to reach net zero emissions by 2005.

On Sunday, Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce met with the Prime Minister to inform him of the Coalition’s junior partners demands.

Asked about deal on Monday, Senator McKenzie remained coy, insisting she would not talk about “fight club”.

“Am I going to tell you what’s in a cabinet submission? Hmmm, tough. The first rule of fight club is not to talk about fight club,” she said.


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