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Increased tourism in Iceland is bringing more attention to controversial practices such as commercial whaling and consumption of whale meat. ELDING/AAP

Why Iceland is set to resume whaling despite international opposition

Iceland is set to resume commercial whaling in June after a two-year hiatus, arguing that the moratorium put in place by the international community was never intended to be an open-ended ban.
Uluru at sunset at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory. AAP

Why we are banning tourists from climbing Uluru

The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board of management has this week announced that tourists will be banned from climbing Uluru from 2019. Sammy Wilson, chairman of the park board, explains why.
Malcolm Turnbull has written a letter to major power companies calling for relief on electricity and gas prices. Paul Miller/AAP

Turnbull to tell power companies: do better by customers

Malcolm Turnbull has summoned the chiefs of major power companies to a meeting on Wednesday to discuss how customers can be given more relief through better deals on electricity prices.
Josh Frydenberg’s task of garnering broad support for the Finkel scheme is proving to be more difficult than expected. Lukas Coch/AAP

Critical backbenchers push back on Finkel clean energy target plan

The degree of pushback against a clean energy target was stronger than had been anticipated, given the intense lobbying of the backbench Josh Frydenberg had done ahead of the meeting.
Malcolm Turnbull says ending the local shortage ‘will ensure gas prices in Australia are lower and fairly reflect international export prices, as they should’. Lukas Coch/AAP

Gas export restrictions imposed to ensure domestic supply

The Turnbull government will impose restrictions on the export of Australian gas to boost domestic supplies and lower prices.
Malcolm Turnbull said the projection last week showed a shortage of gas supply in the eastern market with deep implications for energy security. Lukas Coch/AAP

Turnbull warns of consequences if gas industry doesn’t keep its promises

Malcolm Turnbull has threatened to use the Commonwealth's power over exports against gas producers if they do not carry through with undertakings to make more gas available for the domestic market.
Going into the gas industry meeting, the federal government said its priority is to make sure adequate gas is available to meet peaking demands. Lukas Coch/AAP

Turnbull to gas industry: give the local market more supply

Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday will pressure the gas industry to increase the supply available to the domestic market, as the government scrambles to get together a viable national energy policy.
Bill Shorten will say that without confidence in the policy environment, investors would never put up the billions of dollars required for energy projects. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Shorten goes on front foot over 50% renewables ‘target’

Australia could be the 'energy capital of Asia' but instead it is going backwards, Bill Shorten will say in a speech on Thursday.
Malcolm Turnbull has continued his attack on the energy situation in South Australia, with its high reliance on renewables. Dean Lewins/AAP

Government losing the argument on energy, according to poll

A series of questions by Essential on energy policy has found the Turnbull government is so far failing to persuade people of either its performance or its arguments on energy security.