The Nationals have agreed in principle to support a target of net zero emissions by 2050.
Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce said that the decision was made after careful deliberation and achieving a range of support, protections and safeguards.
“The support for a Net Zero 2050 emissions goal is conditional on Cabinet endorsing the commitments agreed to by the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister,” Mr Joyce said.
“I want to thank my colleagues for the cogency of their argument and the respect they have shown each other through this process.
“It is now the job of the Nationals to continue their role of making sure that the process going forward does not leave anybody in regional Australia behind, but picks them up and takes them forward.”
Member for Mallee, Dr Anne Webster said it had been a calculated decision made with careful consideration of how this target can be achieved and the broad impacts it will have.
“Many diverse views were expressed in the party room, and a commitment has been made, conditional upon Cabinet endorsement,” Dr Webster said.
“It is evident the perspective of wider Australia has shifted regarding our responsibility to play our part to reduce carbon emissions, in a manner that does not conflict with our economic and social priorities. I understand there will be some Nationals who will be dismayed by this decision, but equally others who will be delighted with this step forward.
“The important factor is that we have a seat in the room to fight for regional protections and interests.
“As we progress, my first priority continues to be safeguarding and upholding the interests of Mallee. I want to see Australia continue to thrive and be sustainable for decades to come into the future.”
Dr Webster said she expected details of the agreement will be made public in coming days.