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Tuesday, 8 May 2018
Page: 3270

Energy


Mr BUTLER (Port Adelaide) (14:45): My question is to the Prime Minister. The chair of the Energy Security Board, Dr Kerry Schott, has said that there is no way new coal-fired power plants will be developed under the National Energy Guarantee. Does the Prime Minister agree with Dr Schott, or does he agree with his colleagues the Minister for Resources, Senator Canavan, and the member for Hughes, who have attacked Dr Schott over her comments?


Mr TURNBULL (WentworthPrime Minister) (14:46): The National Energy Guarantee—the government's energy policy, which brings together for the first time climate and energy policy in one market based instrument—is technology agnostic and provides a level playing field in which there is a role for every form of power generation, including thermal generation, such as coal and gas, and of course all of the different renewable and dispatchable sources of energy of every kind. It is up to the market to determine the investments to make. Everybody is entitled to have their opinion. The role of the government is to set out a level playing field so that we end picking technology winners so that the market can respond, and those who run—energy companies, generators—will be able to make their own informed business decisions.