A climate change revolt in Australia's governing coalition on Monday brought in a new deputy prime minister likely to challenge the country's already hesitant moves to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Barnaby Joyce, best known internationally for threatening to euthanise Johnny Depp's dogs, defeated incumbent Michael McCormack in a snap internal party vote, elevating him to the role of deputy PM.
McCormack had held leadership over the Nationals party for the last three years.
On Monday, Joyce dodged questions on whether he would support Australia taking a net-zero by 2050 target to November's UN Climate Change Summit in Glasgow.
Joyce will need to be sworn in as Australia's deputy prime minister later, which would then initiate a cabinet reshuffle.
"I welcome Barnaby Joyce to the role of leader of the Nationals and soon to be deputy prime minister and I look forward to working closely together to ensure Australia continues its recovery from COVID-19 and the recession it caused".
As a result of today's events, it now appears even more unlikely that the Morrison government will join worldwide peers in setting stronger emissions target, and raises the prospect that a Joyce-led Nationals party will use their position within the Coalition government to stronger pro-coal and gas policies.
That set the backdrop for the leadership contest which Mr Joyce reportedly won by a narrow margin.
He is expected to push for changes in the coalition agreement.
He resigned as party leader in February 2018 after his personal life made the front pages for multiple reasons: first for leaving his wife for his pregnant mistress (former staffer Vikki Campion), and second for a sexual harassment complaint, which Joyce denied and which an investigation produced no conclusion. Earlier that morning, Joyce had said there was "no prospect of a spill". Remember though, Mr Morrison has so far refused to commit to the date. Many National lawmakers have been public about their opposition to the government formally embracing the target.
It's yet another reminder of how politically toxic the climate change debate is here in Australia. "The Liberal-National Coalition has been a successful and enduring partnership for seven decades".