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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.
The government faces a hard internal sell on the Finkel plan, not least to Tony Abbott. Mick Tsikas/AAP

How hard will Tony Abbott run against the Finkel plan?

Bedding down an energy security policy based broadly on the Finkel model is now crucial for Malcolm Turnbull. But the issue will also test Tony Abbott’s judgement and influence, in what has long been a…
The Finkel review aims to introduce certainty into Australia’s energy market. Reuters/Tim Wimborne

The Finkel Review at a glance

The Finkel review is designed to create a coherent and realistic plan for a low-emissions future. Here are the details you need to know.
Depending on the policy settings, a low-emissions target could conceivably award carbon credits to coal plants. AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Explainer: what is a ‘low emissions target’ and how would it work?

The Finkel Review looks likely to recommend a "low emissions target", which would award credits to cleaner energy sources, much like the current Renewable Energy Target.

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