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Under the scheme, power companies would have twin obligations imposed on them by the government. Lukas Coch/AAP

Subsidies for renewables will go under Malcolm Turnbull’s power plan

The government is set to unveil its long-awaited energy plan that would scrap subsidies for renewables and impose obligations on power companies to source a certain proportion of 'reliable' supply.
Malcolm Turnbull’s government is now more than two-thirds of the way to the 30 losing Newspolls which Turnbull used in challenging Tony Abbott for leadership. David Moir/AAP

Turnbull’s ratings fall in another bad Newspoll

The Coalition is trailing in its 21st consecutive Newspoll, with Labor maintaining its two-party lead of 54-46% and Malcolm Turnbull suffering a setback in his personal ratings.
Tony Abbott was being his old pre-prime-ministerial self on Monday, with a full-on speech to a climate sceptics group in London. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Government’s energy plan still under wraps while Abbott shouts his from afar

Speaking in a light and bright FM radio interview on Tuesday, Malcolm Turnbull said that in politics, “just being chilled, calm is very important. A little bit of zen goes a long way.” He was answering…
Tony Abbott has reportedly threatened to cross the floor if there is any attempt to legislate a clean energy target. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Abbott’s disruption is raising the question: where will it end?

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…
Lake Liddell with power stations. Wikimedia commons

More coal doesn’t equal more peak power

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.
The Liddell power station in the Hunter Valley near Newcastle. AAP Image/Dean Sewell/Greenpeace

The true cost of keeping the Liddell power plant open

Government payments to keep Australia's oldest coal plant running amounts to a carbon subsidy. It's worth looking at the financial – and carbon – cost.

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