CANBERRA, AAP – Peter Dutton has taken a thinly-veiled swipe at former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull over his calls for a pause in new coal mine approvals.
Mr Turnbull, who has been appointed chairman of the NSW Net Zero Emissions and Clean Economy Board, has called for a moratorium of new coal mines in the state.
He warned the industry was already in decline and some of the “gigantic” rehabilitation costs would be worn by the state’s taxpayers.
Mr Dutton said his old foe had been appointed to the board by NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean, who he described as being from “the far left” of the Liberal Party.
He clipped Mr Turnbull for the coal moratorium remarks.
“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,” Mr Dutton told 2GB radio on Thursday.
“Consistency in public life is important.”
There is clearly no love lost between the former federal cabinet colleagues.
Their public feud has simmered since Mr Dutton unsuccessfully challenged Mr Turnbull for the Liberal leadership in 2018.
Mr Turnbull narrowly defeated Mr Dutton in the leadership ballot but was mortally wounded in the spill, departing politics soon after and making way for Scott Morrison to become prime minister.