24 November 2018
ANGUS TAYLOR: Welcome to Goulburn. A great city - Australia's first inland city that relies on affordable, reliable electricity and energy to be competitive, to be prosperous, and to employ the many people who are employed in this great region. It relies on affordable, reliable electricity for its agriculture, transport being a transport hub here on the Hume Highway, and also for agriculture and irrigation and the many important uses of energy in agriculture.
23 November 2018
BEN FORDHAM: Well, Labor is facing a backlash against its energy policy, with businesses questioning how they will keep the lights on. Bill Shorten has unveiled his $215 million plan to install 100,000 battery storage systems in Australian homes - or on the side of Australian homes with solar on the roof. And he also wants to increase emissions reduction targets by - well, he wants to get it to 45 per cent by 2030. The policy has been slammed by the nation's largest electricity user; that's Tomago Aluminium Smelter. The boss has declared batteries are not the solution.
22 November 2018
NICOLE CHVASTEK: And the federal Minister for Energy is with us right now. Angus Taylor, a very good afternoon to you and thank you so much for staying on the line there. I know you've been waiting for some time.
ANGUS TAYLOR: Thanks for having me.
NICOLE CHVASTEK: We just heard Pat Conroy there talking about how there could be a NEG debated and perhaps even agreed on before Christmas if the Coalition debates it. Would the Coalition consider the NEG again?
22 November 2018
ANGUS TAYLOR: I'm delighted to be here at Tomago Aluminium Smelter, near Newcastle with Matt Howell, the CEO of Tomago Aluminium. This facility, this business, like so many around Australia, depends for its existence, for its success, for its competitiveness on affordable, reliable power. I've been hearing this morning about how crucial it is that we continue to see downward pressure on electricity prices that's necessary to keep businesses like this sustainable and employing so many people here in Australia.