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(generated from captions) company supports marriage equality. Thank you very much. Let's go back to our major story - the Prime Minister's meeting with gas companies over the looming energy crisis. Of course, yesterday South Australia unveiled its own plan to take control of the state's energy network. Here is part of Premier Jay Weatherill's announcement in which he was critical of the national electricity system.We have a national electricity market which is failing not only South Australia, but failing the nation. This extraordinary state of affairs, where our abundant solar, wind and gas resources leads this nation into an energy crisis. This is a totally unacceptable state of affairs. That is why South Australia needs to step up and take control of its energy future.The South Australian Premier there. The Federal energy and Environment Minister, Josh Frydenberg, joins us in the studio. Good morning to youNice to be with you.What is wrong with South Australia or, for that matter, any state securing its own energy supplies?Well, about 20 years ago, the states came together, the and the Commonwealth, in creating a national electricity market. It was premised on the two foundation policies - getting the lowest cost energy to households, while also ensuring a secure and stable system. Last year, a day after the black-out in South Australia, the Energy Minister for South Australia, Tom Koutsantonis, went into the Parliament and said that they were proud of the national electricity market, which they had helped designed, and that it served South Australians well and was working well. Now we have a situation where the South Australian government belatedly, I have to sate, recognises that there are challenges posed by the high reliance on intermittent sources of power, namely wind and solar, and is now going it alone. What I'm concerned about is retaliation by other states, because it breaks that model that has served Australia for the last two decades.There are at least two other black-outs after that major one you talk about, where the national electricity system let the people of South Australia down. There is an inherent structural challenge that we are seeing as a rise of more renewables into the system because when the wind doesn't blow and the sun doesn't shine the storage capacity is still not developed yet - I hope it will be over time - to stabilise the system. What we've seen in South Australia is a heavy reliance on brown coal-fired from Victoria coming across...A thin line.A thin line. But it's still critical for South Australia's security. And then we've also seen other challenges that are posed in South Australia. Now, we have commissioned Australia's chief scientist, Alan Finkler, to undertake the review. It would have been better for the South Australians to remain at the table while the review completes its course and because I'm sure Alan Finkler and his expert team will have a number of important recommendations for us to take into consideration for implementation across the country.South Australia is moving to provide that extra storage, among the plan is the building of the largest battery storage plant in South Australia and, also, encouraging gas exploration by offering farmers a 10% cut of any gas found on their land. Do you like both of those?I do. Both of those measures the Commonwealth has been leading and advocating for. In relation to storage, it's absolutely critical. We are seeing battery prices half every five years, and double in capacity in that same period. So, the Prime Minister has talked often about pumped hydro storage, this is responsible for 97% of storage. We've actually identified a new site in South Australia to provide security there. We have spent more than $200 million through the CFC and other Commonwealth bodies. When it comes to incentivising land owners to develop the gas facilities or gas reserves on their land, this is a welcome initiative. This is important because it's the states, not the Commonwealth, who are they canning the royalties.Let's switch to the big meeting today between you, the Prime Minister and the gas company CEOs. When the issue comes up, time and time again our viewers are bemused, indeed angry, that so much of our gas, produced here in Australia, is exported, gas -- exported, causing gas shortages and high prices. How do we turn it around?This is important because on the east coast of Australia we've only been exporting these LNG since 2014. Two-thirds of what we produce is now going for export.Is that too much?Well, this is an issue which was entered - these contracts were entered into at a time of very high oil prices, over $100 a barrel. Now they are around $50. And the companies have made their predictions and their contracts on the expectation that they would develop more gas. Since that time, we've had moratoriums put on place by various states and territories to develop that - ban the development of that unconventional gas, so isn't as much gas around. What we will be saying to the companies today - in no uncertain terms - that we are looking for an industry-led response to get more gas into the domestic market, because the Australian energy market operator has told us that we will have shortages from 2018-19.Just about out of time. Finally, a very big day here on Breakfast. Both PK - he is shaving her had, Virginia is colouring her hair. Will you stump up a do nation? I'm there. Consider it done!Good stuff. Thank you for joining us. All of Australia hoping that meeting turning out with positive outcomes. Absolutely. We are all in this together. The Commonwealth is leading the charge. But we need to get more gas for the domestic market.Hope it is a gas! (LAUGHTER) Thank you? Britain, the fallout from the announcement of a second Scottish independence referendum is continuing. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May has condemned the push for a new vote, saying it fails to see the big picture. The BBC's Sarah Smith has more. It wasn't always so much joyful excitement in the Scottish Cabinet room. Today, they do look pretty pleased with themselves. As Nicola Sturgeon insists, Theresa May must not try to block a Scottish referendum or to dictate the date.Workers' rights... Earning a rebuke from the Prime Minister who is quite busy enough with Brexit.This is not a moment to play politics or create uncertainty...But it's not certain how she will respond to the SNP's demand.It is a moment to bring our country together, to honour the will of the British people and to shape for them a better, brighter future and a better Britain.This relationship is turning nasty. Ms Sturgeon tweeted today, "I was elected as First Minister on a clear manifesto commitment to a Scottish referendum." The Prime Minister is not yet elected by anyone. A vote in if Scottish Parliament next week will trigger the beginning of negotiations about when another referendum might happen.If the Scottish Parliament votes for a referendum, and they will be asked to do so next week, I think that's it T reality is that the Scottish Parliament asked for something and both the timing of it and the nature of that referendum is frankly nobody else's business. I think Theresa May should recognise that.Already there are leafleteerss out on the street. But these come we're plugs attack, saying Scotland spoke, why won't the politicians listen.We don't need this. Enough is enough. We want to get on, we want to be a successful country, as parts of a UK.Yes, yes! Another vote can't come soon enough for some of the independence supporters, who have been campaigning for a second referendum practically since they lost the first one 2.5 years ago. Once the Scottish Parliament votes to demand another referendum next week, it becomes harder for the UK Government to try to refuse. They must take care not to antagonise Scottish voters by appearing to ignore their Parliament's wishes. Now, residents have been left homeless after a string of destructive storm cells in south-eastern Queensland with authorities there and in New South Wales now warning of more to come. For the latest let's hear from New South Wales SES Commissioner Mark Morrok.Good morning.What is the