Australian prime minister abandons greenhouse gas target

The Australian prime minister is under parliamentary pressure over his plans to cut carbon emissions

The Australian prime minister is under parliamentary pressure over his plans to cut carbon emissions

Former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce last night suggested Turnbull should reconsider his ability to lead the Coalition to victory before the next federal election, The Australian reports.

Malcolm Turnbull has boasted that Peter Dutton has given him "absolute support" as Liberal moderates claim disaffection within their party is limited to "the usual suspects". Speaking with Hadley on Thursday, Dutton refused to publicly criticise the prime minister: "I work as a team player, I'm not going to be a part of the cabinet and then bag the Prime Minister out".

The prime minister is reportedly considering placing the government's 26 per cent emissions reductions target in a regulation rather than legislation - something the Labor states have advocated for, so a future Labor government could more easily increase the target. But Turnbull ousted Abbott as prime minister in 2015 in a leadership ballot of government lawmakers concerned by the government's poor opinion polling.

Some lawmakers including former Prime Minister Tony Abbott argue the government should be focusing on cutting electricity prices instead of cutting emissions.

Mr Pyne said some agitators were trying to "drive down the numbers in the polls" to justify a change in leadership.

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"I don't believe that there'll be a challenge to Malcolm Turnbull's leadership, I believe that the cabinet is 100 percent behind Malcolm Turnbull, including Peter Dutton", Minister for Defense Industry Christopher Pyne told reporters in Canberra.

Craig Kelly, the chair of the Liberal backbench energy committee, said that there's "no leadership challenge at the moment" and he continues to support the prime minister.

"Let Labor be the people who rabbit on about emissions and renewable power and saving the planet", he said.

"I do have some concerns about that", Mr Kelly said.

But the cuts are unlikely to pass as Labor and the Greens oppose them, and the government has been unable to convince enough crossbench senators.

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