Australia’s deputy PM loses job in govt climate split

Newly elevated Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce echoes conservative talking points that strong climate change action poses a threat to Australia’s commodity-dependent economy. – EPA pic, June 21, 2021.

A CLIMATE change revolt in Australia’s governing coalition today brought in a new deputy prime minister likely to challenge the country’s already hesitant moves to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Barnaby Joyce, best known internationally for threatening to euthanise Johnny Depp’s dogs, defeated incumbent Michael McCormack in a snap internal party vote, elevating him to the role of deputy PM. 

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