Nationals will not commit to stronger climate targets until they ‘see the detail’

Deputy Nationals Leader David Littleproud says the party will not commit to stronger climate targets until they “see the detail” and are sure regional Australia will not foot the bill.

This comes after Nationals Leader Barnaby Joyce rejected calls for stronger emissions reduction targets despite the stark warning delivered in the UN IPCC report yesterday.

The landmark climate report warned global warming will hit 1.5 degrees Celsius between 2030 and 2035 – a decade earlier than previously projected.

Mr Littleproud told Sky News Australia, “we want to be part of the solution so long as we square the ledger in terms of the financial rewards, but we need to see the detail”.

“Above all, I think, we need to be honest with everybody across this county about how we would get there and who would pay for it, not only to Australian citizens, but to the world.

“We’ve got a good track record and we should celebrate the fact we’ve met our international commitments because we’ve been honest, we’ve looked people square in the eye and told them how we’re going to do it.

“And that’s what we should do to the Australian people.”