CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian state leader on Friday shut down a revolt in her coalition government over a policy to protect koala habitat by threatening to fire seven renegade ministers.
The Nationals party, which is the junior coalition partner in the conservative Liberal Party-led New South Wales state, threatened to effectively split the government because they argue the koala habitat policy would restrict how landowners could manage their land.
Thousands of koalas died during wildfires in the last South Hemisphere summer and much of their habitat in New South Wales was razed.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro, who leads the rural-based Nationals, threatened to stop supporting government legislation, boycott government meetings and sit separately from Liberal lawmakers in Parliament over the policy difference.
But he and another six Nationals ministers planned to keep their Cabinet posts.