Protecting regional jobs
The Nationals have always stood up for the interests of regional Australia.
Our emphasis on how we achieve our goal of net zero emissions by 2050 is no different.
We understand that Australians who live outside our capital cities face different and unique challenges and it is our job to represent those people.
We won’t make decisions that will cost jobs, drive up the cost of living or threaten our national security.
We won’t make decisions that will disproportionately burden regional Australia with the costs of achieving net zero.
We’re ensuring the Coalition’s plan to achieve the goal of net zero emissions by 2050 will also create local jobs; deliver better access to health services; reduce cost of living pressures; provide better infrastructure and roads; and protect our lifestyle.
Regional Australia creates much of Australia’s wealth through our $70 billion agriculture industry, the $349 billion resources and energy export sector, local tourism experiences and small businesses.
One third of Australians live outside our capital cities yet create over 70 per cent of exports, bringing in vital income that helps provide better health services, improved roads and greater opportunities.
Regional Australia is critical to protecting the nation’s food and energy security and manufacturing essential products.
Regional Australia also delivers reliable, secure electricity supply to millions of Australians and our industries. Our Plan to achieve net zero by 2050 will not change this. Our Plan will ensure Australia will have a secure, affordable electricity supply into the future.
Regional Australia is central to our plan. It will not shut down coal or gas production, or require displacement of productive agricultural land.