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The revolt of the Liberal moderates

By Mike Steketee
Updated March 12 2021 - 2:28am, first published 1:19am
NSW Minister for energy and the environment Matt Kean with Gareth Ward MP at Bluscope launching the government's Net Zero Industry and Innovation program in 2021. Picture: Robert Peet

In December 2019, Matt Kean, NSW minister for the environment, had the temerity to blame the summer's catastrophic bushfires on climate change. "Let's not beat around the bush," he told a smart energy conference, "and let's call it for what it is. These bushfires have been caused by extreme weather events, high temperatures, the worst drought in living memory - the exact type of events scientists have been warning us about for decades that would be caused by climate change."

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