Bill Shorten has laid off a lookaway handball on the ACCC energy report, admitting he has not yet read it. At the same time Mr Shorten appeals for a political free kick by accusing Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of using the report’s recommendations to placate the “knuckle-draggers of the cave-dwelling right of the Liberal Party”.
The Conservative Party has welcomed the report but has rejected calls from Labor and backbench coalition MPs for subsidised energy of any kind.
The Australian reports, the consumer watchdog’s scathing review of the national energy market, released yesterday, recommended that the government financially guarantee baseload power generation for industrial and commercial uses.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull reiterated today that he would not exclude any particular fuel source, including coal, from providing that baseload power.
And the Conservatives say the report has “vindicated” their calls for investment in baseload power.
Mr Shorten said Labor would study the ACCC report in detail, but he had not yet had a chance to do so.
Mr Shorten's lookaway policy declarations are reminiscent of when he wasn't across another issue: whether disgraced Speaker Peter Slipper should resign back in 2012.
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