Key South Australian cross-bench Senators back blocking federal energy policy

July 05, 2018

A clutch of South Australian crossbench senators could stand between the Federal Government and its much vaunted National Energy Guarantee.

Centre Alliance Senator Rex Patrick told The Advertiser the Government must set price targets in order to secure the party’s potentially crucial two votes and Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi went further saying the Government must pull out of the Paris agreement on emissions reduction.

The Government will next month seek agreement of the states on the NEG before a looming showdown within its own party room over the policy.

Any changes to national energy laws agreed to by the state need to pass the South Australian Parliament – where Centre Alliance sister party SA Best holds two critical votes – before being mirrored around the country.

In Federal Parliament, politicians will be asked to back changes to the national emission reduction target, something Senator Bernardi sees as a factor in pushing up power prices.

Senator Bernardi told Miranda Devine on Sky News Australia can only gain by walking away from the Paris Climate Accord - something he's been saying for more than a year.

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