National states are engaged in discussions over whether to support a zero emission target by 2050 and senior ministers are hopeful a decision will be taken this afternoon.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will fly to the climate talks at Copenhagen Climate Conference in Glasgow this week, after a last minute deal was concluded with the Nationals with a firm plan for achieving a net zero emissions by 2050.

The federal cabinet will meet in the next few days to formally sign off the plan before getting in to a major climate change summit in Glasgow, Mr Morrison said.

No deal with the Nationals could have brought greater embarrassment to the First Minister on his way to Glasgow.

The Liberal Treasurer of New South Wales, Matt Kean, said the proposal wouldn’t work for practical or economic reasons and the Government had been told by experts that it would take the federal government at least 15 years to train the workers.

Scott Morrison

Scott John Morrison is an Australian politician serving as the 30th and current prime minister of Australia. He assumed office in August 2018 upon his election as leader of the Liberal Party. (wikipedia)

Coalition (Australia)

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National Party of Australia

The National Party of Australia, also known as The Nationals or The Nats, is an Australian political party. Traditionally representing graziers, farmers, and rural voters generally, (wikipedia)

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Barnaby Joyce

Barnaby Thomas Gerard Joyce is an Australian politician. He is the current leader of the National Party and Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, (wikipedia)