‘Climate change is real’: energy minister hits out at Tony Abbott

Josh Frydenberg brings up former PM’s own record in response to Liberal colleague’s provocative speech to a group of climate-change sceptics

The energy minister, Josh Frydenberg, has slapped down Tony Abbott and other conservative rebels, declaring that climate change is real and that waswhy Abbott agreed to join the Paris international climate agreement when he was prime minister.

Asked about Abbott’s provocative speech to a group of climate-change sceptics in London questioning the science of climate change – an outing that has been characterised by Labor as “loopy” – Frydenberg brought up Abbott’s own record in the top job.

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Doug Moran portrait prize 2017 finalists: from Isla Fisher to Anh Do – in pictures

Nick Stathopoulos’s photorealist portrait of Isla Fisher, Michael Simms’s moody vision of singer and actor Paul Capsis, and Vincent Namatjira’s painting of artist friend Tiger Yaltangki are among the 30 finalists of this year’s Doug Moran prize – Australia’s richest portrait prize.

Anh Do, Jiawei Shen, Prudence Flint, Tim Storrier and McLean Edwards are also in contention for the $150,000 award, with the winner to be announced on 11 October. Here is a selection

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