Scott Morrison on Tuesday said reform was harder now than in the 1990s.
Just as the government hopes it is making progress on the energy conundrum, it finds itself struggling on another front of deep public disgruntlement – the NBN. The rollout of what’s generally considered…
Michelle Grattan speaks to Deep Saini about the week in politics.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (right) and Australian Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg today announced the government’s new energy policy.
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The National Energy Guarantee promises to make electricity supply more reliable, cheaper and less polluting.
Under the scheme, power companies would have twin obligations imposed on them by the government.
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.
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.
ACCC chairman Rod Sims says affordability should be the dominant objective in energy policy.
The ACCC found that, on average across the national electricity market, a 2015-16 residential bill was $1,524, excluding GST.
Michelle Grattan and Frances Shannon discuss the week in Australian politics.
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As the Clean Energy Target fades away, perhaps a Dispatchable Reliable Energy Target will be innocuous enough to pass the Liberal party room and the Senate.
A stoush with Tony Abbott would be a bad distraction when Malcolm Turnbull needs the attention to be on what he is delivering.
Some Coalition MPs are worried the government is in the energy space at all, rather than leaving it as a state matter.
Tony Abbott was being his old pre-prime-ministerial self on Monday, with a full-on speech to a climate sceptics group in London.
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…
Energy minister Josh Frydenberg speaking at the Energy Summit in Sydney.
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Talk of the government preparing to ‘walk away’ from the Clean Energy Target proposal is unnecessarily cynical.
Yes, but who’s directing energy policy?
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We have learned a lot in the year since South Australia’s lights went out, and have made some useful early reforms. But the energy sector and politicians need to chart a much steadier course in future.
Climate policy has become bogged down in the debate over a clean energy target.
Will decarbonising energy make it more expensive? Probably not, but we could assuage doubts by linking emission reduction targets to price.
Michelle Grattan speaks to Deep Saini about campaigning during the same-sex marriage postal ballot and Tony Abbott’s continued undermining of the government.
Politics podcast: Tim Nelson on what to do with Liddell.
AGL chief economist Tim Nelson says preserving the Liddell power station may not be the best solution.
Tony Abbott has reportedly threatened to cross the floor if there is any attempt to legislate a clean energy target.
Liberals still don’t think Abbott could recapture the prime ministership. But his power to harm an embattled Turnbull is enormous.
Federal energy policy failure is provoking action at other levels – it’s multi-layered democracy in action.
Labor mentioned Scott Morrison’s ‘pet rock’ during Question Time on Tuesday.
As coal has muscled its way to the centre of the stage, we’ve seen the showdown between the government and AGL over the future of its Liddell coal-fired power station.
Lake Liddell with power stations.
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.
There are many viable options for Australia’s energy future.
The energy market operator has warned of possible future electricity shortages – but only if everything stays frozen as it is now.