Net zero 2050: Keith Pitt brought back to cabinet by Scott Morrison and Barnaby Joyce 1

Net zero 2050: Keith Pitt brought back to cabinet by Scott Morrison and Barnaby Joyce

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What Barnaby Joyce got for net zero: Scott Morrison announces major change to his ministry after secret deal with the Nationals

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Resources and water minister Keith Pitt will return to the cabinet after the Nationals backed net zero emissions by 2050.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday announced the Nationals MP would be elevated back into the cabinet, just months after he was demoted.

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‘Minister Pitt is a powerful voice for the resources sector and ensuring that we build upon Australia’s strength in traditional exports, while harnessing opportunities in the new energy economy and critical minerals,’ Mr Morrison said in a statement.

Resources and water minister Keith Pitt (left talking to Barnaby Joyce) will return to the cabinet after the Nationals backed net zero emissions by 2050

Resources and water minister Keith Pitt (left talking to Barnaby Joyce) will return to the cabinet after the Nationals backed net zero emissions by 2050

‘Minister Pitt has been a strong advocate for regional and rural communities, both in his portfolio responsibilities and as a local MP.’ 

The National Party has declared it will support a 2050 net zero carbon emissions target, a historic move that brings Australia into line with most of the developed world just a week before crunch climate talks in Glasgow. 

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After a week of internal meetings and debate, leader Barnaby Joyce revealed the junior Coalition party now backs the target and declared: ‘I am 100 per cent on board with the goal of net zero by 2050.’

After a week of internal meetings and debate, Barnaby Joyce (centre with David Littleproud and Bridget McKenzie) revealed his party now backs a net zero target

After a week of internal meetings and debate, Barnaby Joyce (centre with David Littleproud and Bridget McKenzie) revealed his party now backs a net zero target

While it has not yet been publicly announced what the Nationals agreed to in order to support a net-zero plan, it was expected the party would push for an additional seat in cabinet.

Mr Pitt was demoted from cabinet in June after Barnaby Joyce replaced Michael McCormack as Nationals leader.

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Cabinet is expected to meet to discuss the net-zero plans later on Monday.

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