It's encouraging that the federal government recognises its role in industry policy. But its choice to support some technologies is disappointing.
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The government's latest energy plans are a failure of logic, and will lock in fossil fuel use for decades.
Malcolm Turnbull has launched a swingeing attack on Scott Morrison's gas-led recovery.
The Morrison government will tell its refocused clean energy agencies and the clean energy regulator to give priority to investment in five low emissions technologies and report how they are accelerating them.
Energy Minister Angus Taylor is this week expected to release the government's first Low Emissions Technology Statement. It's likely to include ways to remove CO₂ from the air – but do they work?
University of Canberra Professorial Fellow Michelle Grattan and University of Canberra Assistant Professor Caroline Fisher discuss the week in politics.
Politics with Michelle Grattan: Angus Taylor
Michelle Grattan discusses the government's recently announced energy policy with Minister for Energy Angus Taylor
The Morrison government has threatened to use Snowy Hydro to build a gas generator in the Hunter Valley if the electricity sector fails to fill the gap left by the scheduled closure of the Liddell power plant in 2023.
Under a new plan, the Morrison government will invest $211 million in new domestic diesel storage facilities, changes to create a minimum onshore stockholding, and support for local refineries.
Australia abandoned its moral obligations under Kyoto. By carrying our mistakes into the Paris deal, we risk firming our status as a global climate pariah.
This week marked the fiftieth anniversary of the senate vote to set up a system of committees to scrutinise government. In a time where question time is frequently farcical, such a system is essential.
Every few years, the idea of using gas to transition to a zero-emissions economy seems to re-emerge. Woodside's Burrup Hub proposal shows why it's still a bad move.
The long-awaited paper sets a positive tone. But it's not clear if the government grasps the sheer scale or urgency of the emissions reduction task.
Changes to Australia's emissions reduction policies may do little more than channel taxpayer money to industry.
The federal government is spending $94 million to buy cheap oil. Instead, Australia should use the money to manufacture our own energy.
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As we face mounting job losses, taxpayers have a right to anticipate that the government's investments will be strategically sound.
In a speech on Friday, Angus Taylor lays the groundwork for the “technology investment roadmap” to be released soon.
Angus Taylor addresses the house during Question Time.
The final parliamentary week for the year finished on a strange note with Angus Taylor's dispute with an American writer. On the policy front, the medevac repeal went through and cuts to the public service were announced.
Morrison would rather live with a problem minister in a key post than give a scalp to Labor.
The situation with Naomi Wolf is another case of Angus Taylor being sloppy with facts and refusing to clean up his mess quickly.
“The government was totally taken by surprise” when the One Nation senators and Jacqui Lambie voted against the ensuring integrity legislation, says Michelle Grattan.
University of Canberra Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Leigh Sullivan and Michelle Grattan discuss this week in politics, and talk about what to expect in the year's final parliamentary sitting week.