Australian PM Scott Morrison responds to 'Scotty from marketing' dig

James Marshall
January 22, 2020

Scott Morrison launched an extraordinary rebuke against New South Wales Minister of the Environment Matt Kean for implying that the federal Liberals were pushing the government to increase its ambition to reduce emissions.

"They're not moderates, they're from the right of the party and they are saying this is a huge issue", Mr Kean told Sky News.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says "snarky comments" from the Labor party won't distract him from rebuilding bushfire-raged communities.

"Matt Kean doesn't know what he's talking about".

Mr Morrison told 3AW radio he was aware of the taunt but "didn't care" about it.

"Most of the federal cabinet wouldn't even know who Matt Kean was".

Federal cabinet met in Canberra on Monday, as a destructive hailstorm swept through the capital.

About half of Australia's emissions reduction goal - a 26 per cent reduction on 2005 levels by 2030 - will be achieved by using past credit, which Mr Morrison is firmly standing by.

Morrison said government is still aiming for a 26% cut in emissions, and noted that even if the government had a goal, "it can not be said for everyone" - a reference to the fact that the Labor Party will announce his goal closer to the next. election.

However, asked if the government would adopt a target of net-zero emissions by 2050, the same goal being pursued by the British government, Morrison said he would never commit to such a goal without knowing what impact it would have on Australians.

"We are treating our climate policies the same way we brought them to the elections ... we will achieve and beat our emission reduction targets", said Morrison.

Business leaders have also called for the federal government to take greater action on climate change.

NSW MP Craig Kelly admits he's been told to "stay away from the worldwide press" after making headlines in a tense interview on United Kingdom television over his refusal to accept climate science.

The scores of fires follow three years of drought that experts have linked to climate change, but Mr Morrison said late on Tuesday (Jan 21) that his critics are too focused on carbon emissions.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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