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Monday, 20 August 2018
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Mr SHORTEN (MaribyrnongLeader of the Opposition) (14:06): My question is to the Prime Minister. When will the Prime Minister provide Labor with a copy of the legislation for today's version of his energy policy? Will the Prime Minister work with Labor on a constructive, bipartisan basis to reduce pollution, increase renewables and deliver lower power prices for Australian families?

Mr TURNBULL (WentworthPrime Minister) (14:07): I have to hand it to the Leader of the Opposition. He was able to contain or restrain the smirk until he got halfway through that question. I've never heard a less convincing advocate for bipartisanship than the Leader of the Opposition. He's all politics and no policy. The simple fact is that what we have got are measures that will bring down electricity prices by hundreds of dollars—strong measures, and measures that are working already. All Labor has is a ragbag of measures that have been proven to fail: unsustainable renewable targets, unnecessary renewable targets and unsustainable emissions abatement targets. All of that has been demonstrated to put up higher prices and undermine our competitiveness. If Labor were serious about energy policy, they would be supporting policies based on economics and engineering. That's what we're doing, and that is why we're seeing lower prices, and we have more to come.

Mr Shorten: Mr Speaker—

The SPEAKER: The Prime Minister has concluded his answer. Is the Leader of the Opposition seeking to table a document?

Mr Shorten: No, I was just asking the Prime Minister to table the legislation to which he was referring.

The SPEAKER: The Leader of the Opposition will resume his seat.