Two children in hospital after separate near drownings

Two children are in hospital after two separate near drowning incidents in backyard pools in New South Wales.

Two children in hospital after separate near drownings

Two children are in hospital after two separate near drowning incidents in backyard pools in New South Wales.

A two-year-old boy was pulled unconscious from a backyard pool in Sydney's west while a 12-year-old boy was found unresponsive in a pool on the Central Coast.

Emergency services were called to a property on Charles Street, Blacktown about 12.40pm after the toddler was found.

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Paramedics treated the child at the scene before taking him to the Children's Hospital at Westmead in a stable condition.

Just after 2pm, paramedics responded to reports of a near drowning in Point Frederick.

Six ambulance crews were dispatched to the scene, as well as the Westpac Rescue Helicopter with a specialist medical team on board.

The young boy was given CPR before paramedics arrived.

He was transported to the Children's Hospital at Westmead.

"They are very lucky that people there knew CPR," NSW Ambulance Acting Inspector Greg Marshall told 9News.

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding both incidents.

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Nationals agree to net zero emissions target by 2050

The Nationals have backed a Coalition plan to reach net zero emissions by 2050 in an historic decision.

Nationals agree to net zero emissions target by 2050

The National Party has agreed to in-principle support of Prime Minister Scott Morrison's plan to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

The breakthrough came in a vote this evening after the party's MPs and senators debated for more than two hours Mr Morrison's response to their demands.

The majority position was reached amid dire predictions from at least one.

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"I don't think that people really realise when they hear net zero that means they want to transition you to be a vegan," Nationals senator Matt Canavan told Sky News.

It was accepted not everyone will sign up to the party's decision when the majority rules.

"We appreciate that there will be those that will oppose it and that's fine," Agriculture Minister David Littleproud told 9News.

"That's the culture of the Nationals Party. That's something we celebrate."

The Nationals say they want long-term policy guarantees that ensure agriculture and mining can continue to thrive in a low emissions world.

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But most had shifted with the tide of public opinion.

"To make sure we can give confidence to the Australian public and the global community that we are responsible citizens," Mr Littleproud said.

After the Sunday debate, Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce emerged to break the news.

"We are in support of a process going forward that would go towards the 2050 emissions target," Mr Joyce told reporters in Canberra.

Mr Morrison welcomed the Nationals' support, which will be "finally considered and determined by Cabinet" on Monday.

The Prime Minister was under pressure to achieve the net zero pledge before attending the COP26 conference in Glasgow that begins at the end of the month.

"We recognise this has been a challenging issue for the Nationals. I thank (Mr Joyce) for his leadership and his colleagues for their considered support. I greatly respect the process they have undertaken in reaching this decision," Mr Morrison said.

"Only the Coalition can be trusted to deliver a plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 that will protect and promote rural and regional Australia.

"Ensuring regional Australia continues to grow and prosper is a core objective of any Coalition Government, and this will be central to our plan.

"Australia will continue to reduce emissions while keeping our economy growing, maintaining affordable, reliable energy and ensuring our regions remain strong.

"That's our Australian way."

Labor leader Anthony Albanese criticised the prime minister today, saying he was following, not leading.

"This is a government frozen in time as the world warms around it," Mr Albanese said.

But Mr Albanese is also adamant that the federal government shouldn't sign up to any international plan that bans coal-fired power by 2030, saying "we need to keep the lights on".

The Nationals say this is all about protecting their people.

"We've got to be honest with the Australian people, we've got to tell them how we're going to get there and who pays for it," Mr Littleproud said.

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