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AustraliaCoal brawl hurting NSW coalition: Turnbull

22:56  14 march  2019
22:56  14 march  2019 Source:   msn.com

Pro-coal MPs slapped down by colleagues

Pro-coal MPs slapped down by colleagues Liberal and senior Nationals MPs have rejected internal calls led by Barnaby Joyce for the government to invest in a new coal-fired power station in Queensland. Energy Minister Angus Taylor said the government's program to underwrite new generation had received 66 submissions covering a range of technologies including gas and hydro, as well as 10 coal projects. "The program does not seek to pick any particular firmed generation over another - consistent with the recommendation of the ACCC," he told AAP. "The PM has made it clear the government will only support projects that are viable.

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Malcolm Turnbull has warned against the "idiocy" of a fresh internal brawl in the federal coalition over coal-fired power, saying it's damaging the NSW conservative government's chances of re-election.

The former Liberal prime minister said infighting over energy as well as leadership tensions in the Nationals were hurting NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian's hopes of winning next week's vote.

Victorian Nationals leader takes swipe at Barnaby Joyce

Victorian Nationals leader takes swipe at Barnaby Joyce Victorian Nationals leader Peter Walsh has weighed in to federal leadership tensions, urging Barnaby Joyce to show more respect.

"You haven't worked out how damaging it is? Clearly, all of the distraction from the feds is unhelpful. That's obvious," he told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age on Friday.

Coal brawl hurting NSW coalition: Turnbull© AAP Images Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull says federal infighting is hurting NSW Liberal Premier Gladys Berejiklian's hopes of winning the state election. Divisions in the Morrison government have re-emerged in the past week, with pro-coal MPs pushing for the federal government to fund a new power station in Queensland.

The issue has also fuelled doubts over Nationals leader Michael McCormack's leadership after Barnaby Joyce threatened his tenure before retreating.

Mr Turnbull said new coal-fired power generation would not come cheap.

Australia is 'frustrated' by Barnaby Joyce's stoush with Michael McCormack, deputy Nationals leader says

Australia is 'frustrated' by Barnaby Joyce's stoush with Michael McCormack, deputy Nationals leader says Bridget McKenzie takes a swipe at her former boss, saying his public statements about a coal-fired power station are "very different" to what is being said in the party room.

"The cheapest form of new energy in Australia, if you're talking about dispatchable power, is a combination of renewable power, wind and solar, with zero marginal cost generation, plus storage," he said.

"We have the means to get to zero emission or near zero emission in Australia but you need to plan it.

"You've got to have engineering and economics rather than ideology and idiocy and, regrettably, there's quite a lot of that around."

Voter polls indicate the NSW coalition and Labor are running neck and neck out from the March 23 poll state election.

, with turmoil engulfing the federal Liberals since Mr Turnbull was dumped as PM last year expected to play a role.

Meanwhile, Mr Turnbull's staunch ally and federal Liberal MP Craig Laundy is expected to imminently announce his retirement from politics.

"Craig is a good friend of mine and I talk to him regularly. But in terms of those sort of decisions, he'll make them himself," Mr Turnbull said.

NSW coalition slips against Labor: poll.
In a worry for Premier Gladys Berejiklian, a new poll shows Labor leading on a two-party basis and in the primary vote; Michael Daley is also more popular. The coalition's primary vote has dropped to 28.7 per cent from 32.1 per cent in December while Labor's remains steady at 34.1 per cent. A loss of six seats would push the coalition into minority while Labor would need to win nine to form a minority government. The poll canvassed 1019 voters state-wide on Thursday night.

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