As Barnaby Joyce unleashes a new strain of climate denial, can Labor plug the credibility gap? | Peter Lewis

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While Morrison focuses on his noisy right flank, the ALP can establish its credentials as part of the global consensus

While the prime minister is holed up at the Lodge in quarantine, his Coalition partners have been infecting the body politic with a new Delta strain of climate denial by restoring Barnaby Joyce to the second-highest office in the land.

After barely surviving the “G7 plus besties” event in Cornwall with a combination of anti-China bellicose and embarrassed deflection on Australia’s dogged resistance to global action on climate, Scott Morrison returned home to find his country cousins in turmoil. Rediscovering this particular branch of the family was the last thing the PM was banking on as he was fossicking for his roots in his downtime.

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