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Barnaby's Nats demand compo for climate deal

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Compensation for farmers and other rural industries will be crucial to a potential deal between the Nationals and Liberals on contentious climate targets.

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Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is expected to continue negotiations with Scott Morrison with a long-term move towards a net zero carbon emissions target a sticking point.

Deputy leader and Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said the party wouldn’t enter a deal until what was on offer was clearer.

“That’s just good business principles. You don’t give away your end price straight up,” he told Sky News.

“We’re going to look at it, we’re going to see what we can get and make sure that no one’s hurting, but we also start to square that ledger.

“We copped it in the neck in regional Australia for everyone to sleep soundly in metropolitan Australia and it’s time that our mob got repaid for it.”

Labor leader Anthony Albanese accused Mr Joyce of being a climate change sceptic that would further damage Australia’s reputation when other countries were behind the 2050 target.

“What we have is a rump in the coalition, in the National Party and in the Liberal Party, but it’s a rump that’s holding back Australia,” he said.

Joyce is also weighing up the Nationals’ ministerial roles with Bridget McKenzie expected to return to cabinet at the expense of fellow Victorian Darren Chester.

The deputy prime minister took over his predecessor’s roles in infrastructure, transport and regional development on Tuesday when he was sworn in on Tuesday.

-AAP

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