Malcolm Turnbull dumped as chair of NSW climate change advisory board

Brunilde Fioravanti
Апреля 7, 2021

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has been dumped from his role as head of a NSW Government advisory board on climate change just a week after his appointment.

Malcolm Turnbull has been axed from his new job as as chair of the NSW Net-Zero Emissions and Clean Economy Board.

"It is important that the focus is on achieving these outcomes, based on facts, technology, science, and economics", he said in a statement on Tuesday. "But he said he does not want personalities to be a distraction", Mr Turnbull said.

This morning, however, Mr Kean released a statement saying Mr Turnbull could "distract" from the board's goal of creating jobs in low carbon industries and reducing state emissions while growing the economy.

The NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer will act in the role until a new chair is named.

He and Mr Turnbull have clashed in recent weeks.

A report conducted by the Australia Institute revealed an extra 98 million tonnes of coal would be taken as a result of the new mines. She thanked Mr Turnbull for all of his contributions but accepted what Mr Kean said in his statement.

'It's like a lunar landscape.

Deputy Premier and Nationals Leader John Barilaro was the first person to declare Mr Turnbull had been turfed from the job.

Mr Turnbull told ABC radio on Tuesday that the Environment Minister informed him there was no conflict of interest between anything he had said or anything his wife Lucy had said "or what we have written about coalmining in the Hunter".

"You need someone who brings people together and not divides and unfortunately Malcolm has done the opposite".

'Great result for common sense.

"(Mr Turnbull) pulled my trousers down within 48 hours of his appointment on an area that I take seriously", Deputy Premier John Barilaro told 2GB.

'I'm the deputy premier. and I chose to be the mining minister because I thought for the last 10 years we have not done enough to support the industry which has been the backbone of our economy and the nation'.

Last week, Defence Minister Peter Dutton weighed in on the appointment of Mr Turnbull.

"All I can say is that Malcolm was very consistent as prime minister, and that is that he supported coal mining, and he said that on the public record on a number of occasions".

The appointment sparked a backlash within segments of the state's Coalition government as it faces a by-election in a NSW coal region.

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