Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi says there’s a simple way to fix Australia’s exploding energy prices after AGL refused to bring the Liddell coal-fired power station back online in New South Wales.
AGL this week declined to sell Liddell to Alinta, and has refused federal government overtures to keep open or sell the plant, connected to the National Energy Market grid (comprising Queensland, New South Wales (including the Australian Capital Territory), Victoria, South Australia, and Tasmania).
The South Australian Senator says calls from "The Monash Forum", a group of backbench Liberal MPs urging the government to compulsorily acquire the Liddell power plant are totally impractical. He noted that energy providers seem to be hell-bent on inflating prices by locking consumers into skyrocketing renewably energy costs.
Senator Bernardi has told Paul Murray Live on Sky News his proposal for a long-term government energy tender - conditional on bringing new, baseload power online - will fix the energy market's woes.
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