Climate policy has become bogged down in the debate over a clean energy target.
Will decarbonising energy make it more expensive? Probably not, but we could assuage doubts by linking emission reduction targets to price.
Michelle Grattan speaks to Deep Saini about campaigning during the same-sex marriage postal ballot and Tony Abbott's continued undermining of the government.
Politics podcast: Tim Nelson on what to do with Liddell.
AGL chief economist Tim Nelson says preserving the Liddell power station may not be the best solution.
Tony Abbott has reportedly threatened to cross the floor if there is any attempt to legislate a clean energy target.
Even in today’s often bizarre political environment, Tuesday night’s encounter between Tony Abbott, Peta Credlin and Alan Jones on Sky News was surreal. Credlin, Abbott’s former chief-of-staff, now works…
Federal energy policy failure is provoking action at other levels – it's multi-layered democracy in action.
Labor mentioned Scott Morrison’s ‘pet rock’ during Question Time on Tuesday.
As coal has muscled its way to the centre of the stage, we've seen the showdown between the government and AGL over the future of its Liddell coal-fired power station.
Lake Liddell with power stations.
We need to remember that baseload coal power stations won't help cope with peak demand – the issue that will determine whether people in elevators are trapped by a sudden blackout, per Barnaby Joyce.
There are many viable options for Australia’s energy future.
The energy market operator has warned of possible future electricity shortages – but only if everything stays frozen as it is now.
Michelle Grattan discusses the week in politics with Nicholas Klomp.
The Liddell power station in the Hunter Valley near Newcastle.
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Government payments to keep Australia's oldest coal plant running amounts to a carbon subsidy. It's worth looking at the financial – and carbon –
Malcolm Turnbull has tried to focus on energy policy while the opposition has been preoccupied with the eligibility of Barnaby Joyce.
In trying to grapple with energy Malcolm Turnbull is playing on the right field, but being able to kick the goals is another matter.
One big mess: the market has failed to deliver on cheap, reliable energy.
The energy market operator has released a report on the state of Australia's electricity system. It couldn't be blunter if it tried: the market has failed.
Malcolm Turnbull told parliament on Tuesday he and Josh Frydenberg are in discussions with AGL about keeping Liddell operating beyond 2022.
AGL has delivered an initial sharp rebuff to Malcolm Turnbull's plea to extend the life of the Liddell coal-fired power station by at least five years.
Bill Shorten tabled a copy of his UK citizenship renunciation documents on Monday.
While it would have been much easier for the government if Barnaby Joyce had stood aside from cabinet while the High Court determined his parliamentary eligibility, the Nationals leader was too big a fish…
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for the Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg speak with the media during a press conference following a meeting with energy company bosses at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices in Sydney.
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Energy certainty is unattainable, because of disruptive change and multiple agendas. But we can deliver affordable, reliable, clean energy services. Governments will have to adapt.
Enough blue-sky thinking: economists back the emissions policy that Alan Finkel has put on the table.
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A panel of leading economists has given its majority verdict on Alan Finkel's proposed Clean Energy Target: it may not be the best possible emissions policy, but we should get on with it anyway.
The University of Canberra’s Nicholas Klomp and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
Politics podcast: Josh Frydenberg, George Christensen and Mark Butler on the Finkel review.
It's clear that reaching an outcome on energy policy which brings the certainty business needs to invest will be a hard slog for Malcolm Turnbull.
The Finkel review’s recommendations would put pressure on coal while encouraging gas and renewable energy
A Clean Energy Target and a swathe of measures to improve the security and reliability of the electricity grid are among the recommendations of the keenly awaited Finkel Review.