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Political squabbles add to Aussie emissions uncertainty

A disagreement over energy policy has led to a change in leadership in Australia and further uncertainy over plans to reduce emissions A disagreement over energy policy has led to a change in leadership in Australia and further uncertainy over plans to reduce emissions.
By Sally Bogle 24 August 2018 0 32286
New Prime Minister Scott Morrison (right) and former Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg. (PA)

Political infighting arising from a disagreement over Australia’s energy and climate policy triggered a leadership battle that resulted in Malcolm Turnbull losing the prime ministership to his treasurer, Scott Morrison, on Friday. The consequent change at the top of federal politics threatens to prolong uncertainty on emissions requirements for the country’s LNG, gas and power sectors.

Disagreement within the Liberal-National Party coalition government over Australia’s policy on carbon emissions caused factions to emerge. 

Differences over climate-related policies have unseated several Australian prime ministers before. Over the past...