A leader with any appreciation of process should know that by directly contacting the commissioner he was opening himself to attack.
With one parliamentary week remaining, Angus Taylor has been discredited, and Scott Morrison has been embroiled and embarrassed – or embarrassed himself. And the whole thing was avoidable.
Morrison told parliament: ‘What I did yesterday is what I told the house I would do.’
NSW police commissioner Mick Fuller, who knows Morrison personally, defended the PM, saying he 'didn't ask for anything that was inappropriate and I'm comfortable with the discussion that we had'.
The affair started when Taylor wrote to Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore after the council declared a climate emergency, seeking to score a political point.
In a statement to the house, Morrison said he had spoken to the NSW police commissioner about “the nature and substance” of the police inquiries.
Australia’s overall emissions are rising, high electricity prices remain a burden, and there is nervousness about the summer power supply.
The climate policy has become an article of faith within Labor, and among many supporters. It's also a policy that in the election split voters Labor needed, attracting some but driving away others.
Butler rejected Fitzgibbon’s proposal saying the government’s target ‘is fundamentally inconsistent with the Paris agreement’.
Opposition resources spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon has had his proposal to bring Labor's climate change target into line with the government's immediately torpedoed by the party's climate spokesman Mark Butler.
A child jumps from a rock outcrop into a lagoon in the low-lying Pacific island of Tuvalu.
Climate deniers have joyously laboured to create a world potentially uninhabitable for our children. Our activism has failed, and rebellion may be the only answer.
Wind energy has played a major role in Australia’s fulfilment of the renewable energy target.
The federal government this week heralded Australia's renewable energy performance. But the outlook leaves little cause for celebration.
Energy Minister Angus Taylor has sought to downplay quarterly figures showing Australia’s emissions are still rising, attributing the result to the production of gas for export.
Australia is one of the sunniest and windiest countries on the planet, but emissions are still rising. How do you justify that?
The Southern Tablelands contain rare native grasslands.
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The Monaro grasslands are a tiny surviving fraction of the native grasslands that once grew across the Southern Tablelands.
The opposition pursued Angus Taylor in question time, but it did not have the numbers in the Senate for the inquiry.
One Nation's two senators have saved Energy Minister Angus Taylor from an inquiry into his intervention over endangered grasslands, with a Labor motion defeated 33-32 in the Senate.
Energy Minister Angus Taylor is under pressure over a potential Senate enquiry.
With Centre Alliance's Rex Patrick having a change of heart, One Nation's vote now becomes crucial for Labor's motion to pass.
Energy minister Angus Taylor was the target of Tuesday’s question time and given that he’s not a strong performer in the House, he floundered.
Morrison is keen to whip the backbench into line early, telling the backbench to be “mindful of what we took to the election and what we didn't take”.
Australia’s LNG exports aren’t as good for the planet as the government seems to think.
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The federal government claims that Australia's rising emissions are offset by savings around the globe when Australian gas exports replace other fossil fuels. But the numbers don't stack up like that.
Energy minister Angus Taylor has a range of options when discussing complex emissions data.
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Australia's new emissions data for the December 2018 quarter show a rise on the previous quarter, although the raw figures actually dropped. Here's what that all means.
The federal government committed to reducing water extraction from the Murray-Darling Basin.
The latest Murray-Darling Basin scandal calls into question whether the government is using public money wisely.
Energy Minister Angus Taylor has six pumped hydro projects on his list, and most are better taxpayer investments than the already announced Snowy 2.0 project.
AAP Image/Lukas Coch
Twelve power projects are in the running for federal government dollars: six pumped hydro, five gas and one coal. It's clear which one shouldn't be on the list, for economic and environmental reasons.
How long can coal realistically keep chugging along?
AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts
The federal government has floated the idea of underwriting new coal-fired electricity generation in a bid to keep power prices low. But doing so would be a defiance of economic and environmental reality.
The government’s stubborn commitment to coal is alienating it from its natural supporters in the business community.
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The federal government's the stubborn commitment to coal is pulling the government’s economic policy towards the sort of state socialism it is supposed to abhor.
Melissa Price, the new Minister for the Environment, has a tough road ahead.
Splitting the energy and environment portfolios might sound like a backward step, but here's why it could work.
While state and territory leaders will be partners, Malcolm Turnbull’s government intends to be the driver of a national policy for Australia’s cities.
The Turnbull government's cities policy is the latest incarnation of 'the-Commonwealth-knows-best' approach, with little regard for whether urban issues are best resolved at the metropolitan level.