Malcolm Turnbull, the Australian Prime Minister, taking a complete U-turn on his flagship proposal to legislate greenhouse emission said that his government has deserted plans on capping the emission target.
“In politics you have to focus on what you can deliver,” Turnbull told the press on Monday.
The move of the Prime Minister, however, has miffed the conservative Members of the Australian Parliament. Turnbull now faces a probable revolt within his government including leadership challenge if the situation is not resolved and escalates, reported sources.
It was also reported that the legislation would have set Australia to remain on track in its pledge and commitment for a cut of 26 per cent in emissions by 2030, which is based and is lower from the 2005 emission levels.
The Australian Prime Minister, on Monday, conceded that he failed in gathering a consensus and support from the House of Legislation in which he has only a one-seat majority. The Prime Minister opined that though he had the support of many legislators to limit the greenhouse emission, but this support was not sufficient.
“Even with strong support in the party room, even, if small members of the people are not prepared to vote with the government on a measure, then it won’t get passed,” Turnbull said, in his address to the press.
Prime Minister Turnbull went on to say that, he could not proceed with the emission targets— which is a part of Turnbull’s National Energy Guarantee (NEG) — owing to the slim majority he enjoys. He further said that, the National Energy Guarantee still needed to bonnet their rates of electricity and provide enhanced stream of power.
“Cheaper power has always been our number one priority when it comes to energy policy,” opined the Australian Prime Minister, Turnbull.
Speaking about a possible challenge to his leadership Turnbull observed that he had the complete support of his party men. It was earlier reported that few of the government lawmakers wanted Peter Dutton—close ally of former Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott— and Turnbull’s Home Affairs Minister, to revolt and challenge Turnbull.
Furthermore, flushing down speculations of any revolt, Dutton declared that he supported the present government completely. In his reaction to the issue Dutton, tweeted, “In relation to media stories today, just to make very clear, the Prime Minister has my support and I support the policies of the Government.”