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Independents back revamped climate bill

Independent MPs are having another crack at a proposed laws to reduce Australia’s emissions by 60 per cent this decade.

Crossbencher Zali Steggall’s revamped proposal, supported by fellow independents Helen Haines and Rebekha Sharkie, includes a 60 per cent emissions reduction target on 2005 levels by 2030.

It also sets a target of net zero emissions by 2050, and imposes on the responsible minister a positive duty to ensure targets and emissions budgets are met.

A Climate Change Commission would be established with the remit to look at adaptation and job transition, while the laws would be reviewed every 10 years.

It comes as Prime Minister Scott Morrison seeks the views of Nationals and Liberal MPs on a revamped emissions plan which he will take to UN climate talks in Glasgow.

“We don’t know what the secret deal is going to be, how much money this will cost Australian people in relation to keeping this rabble of Nationals happy,” Ms Steggall told reporters in Canberra on Monday.

The government is committed to emissions reduction of between 26 and 28 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030, but is expected to update its projections soon.

The junior coalition partner continues to hold out on whether to back a target of net zero emissions by 2050.

“We cannot have a minority of Nationals holding to ransom good policy and the future of Australia,” Ms Steggall said.

The MP for the Sydney seat of Warringah thinks an interim emissions reduction target below 50 per cent is inadequate.

She said she was happy to work with the government on the proposal.

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