Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has blinked in the face of a backbench revolt over the National Energy Guarantee (NEG).
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has back away from a plan to enshrine a target to reduce carbon emission in the National Energy Guarantee.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
On Thursday night a senior source said Turnbull was considering “heavy- handed intervention” to bring down prices.
If there were enough floor-crossers to sink the package's emissions reduction legislation, that would effectively (though not literally) amount to a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister.
What’s that on the horizon? Ah yes, renewable energy.
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Renewable energy investment is gathering steam throughout the world. Australia's National Energy Guarantee policy should be made agile enough to jump on board, because this runaway train won't stop.
While Labor has strengthened its message and become more united in recent years, the Liberals seem more divided than ever.
The Liberals once tried to build a big tent to include a range of political positions. Recent conflicts over energy, same-sex marriage and euthanasia show this is no longer sustainable.
With Victoria the main obstacle, Frydenberg said: ‘It’s time Daniel Andrews stopped walking both sides of the street and put the interests of Victorians first and the businesses of Victorians first.’
Tuesday's party room mood reflected the sense most Coalition MPs have that to save marginal seats and give the government its best chance of survival, they need to unite behind Turnbull.
Both Abbott and former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce have flagged they could cross the floor on the emissions reduction legislation.
The Coalition party room on Tuesday is set for a high stakes, quite personal battle between Abbott and Turnbull over the NEG, with former and current prime ministers shaping up on Monday.
Victorian energy minister Lily D'Amrbosio has voiced concerns over the National Energy Guarantee’s relatively modest emissions target.
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Federal energy minister says his state counterparts have moved closer to approving the National Energy Guarantee, but no one signed on the dotted line at Friday's crunch talks.
The National Energy Guarantee has been a focus of federal politics this week.
Grattan talks with Deep Saini about Husar's announcement she will not contest the next election, Joyce's book, and the hotly debated National Energy Guarantee.
Ministers at the last COAG Energy Council meeting, in April 2018. Some faces have since changed, while some states have entrenched their positions.
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As energy ministers head into a crucial meeting with their federal counterpart Josh Frydenberg, our state-by-state guide compares their various stances on the future of the National Energy Guarantee.
Victorian Energy minister Lily D'Ambrosio said she suggested the longer timetable “during the course of recent weeks”.
Victoria has again shifted the goal posts in the battle over the NEG suggesting parliament should pass the federal government's emissions reduction legislation ahead of states signing onto the NEG.
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Barnaby Joyce has confirmed he could cross the floor on the federal legislation associated with the National Energy Guarantee. “Of course I could,” he says.
Frydenberg said: “Never before has there been an energy policy that has attracted such broad support.”
Meanwhile, underlining that next week will see a tough internal debate, Liberal backbencher Tony Pasin has contradicted Malcolm Turnbull’s statement that the NEG had already been endorsed by the party room.
Josh Frydenberg and Malcolm Turnbull both know that the history books make for uncomfortable reading when it comes to emissions policy.
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The National Energy Guarantee faces a crunch test this week. And if the climate wars of the past few decades are any guide, Australian policies more often sink than swim when the waters get choppy.
Turnbull on Monday night said the NEG plan had “overwhelming support” in the party room.
On Monday the Labor states were jibbing at agreeing even in principle to the NEG mechanism at Friday's COAG energy council meeting, ahead of Malcolm Turnbull showing he can deliver his party room.
If he can get in principle agreement on the NEG on Friday, Josh Frydenberg will then take the planned federal legislation on emissions targets to the Coalition party room the following Tuesday, with the COAG energy council signing off on the package after that meeting.
The Victorian Labor government's cabinet will consider on Monday a raft of demands around the National Energy Guarantee ahead of a crucial federal-state energy ministers' meeting later this week.
Blue-sky thinking? It’s hard to assess the evidence base for the predicted outcomes of the National Energy Guarantee.
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The final design of the National Energy Guarantee promises that the policy will drive down power prices. But there is precious little evidence for this assertion.
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Like Dutton, Frydenberg has plenty of ambition.
If Turnbull were hit with a double whammy – having to abandon the company tax cuts and unable to get the NEG – that would be a serious policy flunk.
In a speech to be delivered on Tuesday, D'Ambrosio will play on dissent in the Coalition, saying: “Malcolm Turnbull is trying to get us to sign up to something that hasn’t gone to his own party room – a place full of climate sceptics”.
“We won't support a scheme that leaves the states in the dark and leaves us all hostage to the extremists in Turnbull's party room,” D'Ambrosio will say.