Labor hits out at government claims energy policy is “a work in progress”

Federal Labor has criticised the Morrison Government’s revelation that energy policy is ongoing, as business leaders claim a lack of national energy policy is causing high energy prices and lower reliability.

Opposition Climate Change and Energy spokesperson Mark Butler said in Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Secretary Phil Gaetjens has confirmed the government’s energy policy vacuum, with Mr Butler claiming it was an “extraordinary revelation”.

In a statement, Mr Butler said a national policy was needed more than ever, after Mr Gaetjens said energy policy was “still an area that we need to come to grips with” and that it was a “work in progress.”

It came as businesses including Newcrest Mining, BlueScope Steel, Coca Cola-Amatil, Costa Group, the Energy Users Association of Australia and the Australian Industry Group stated that a national policy was needed to support investment, lower prices and increase reliability.

However, Labor said that the Federal Government would not address emissions and support new investment and claimed the government was “announcing websites and flights of nuclear power fancy.”

Mr Butler said “no amount of tinkering around the edges or nuclear power distractions will solve the Morrison Government’s energy crisis.”

He warned that the government’s energy crisis will “continue to devastate family budgets and business viability” if Prime Minister Scott Morrison does not deliver a National Energy Guarantee that would “bring lower electricity prices for Australians.”


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