State’s energy minister accuses federal counterpart of attacking Queensland Labor ‘on spurious partisan political grounds’

The Queensland energy minister has declared it is “not helpful” for his federal counterpart, Josh Frydenberg, to attack the Labor government about power prices in the state if he wants a cooperative agreement on his new national energy guarantee.

Mark Bailey told Guardian Australia Frydenberg’s criticisms at the weekend were “very strange behaviour for a federal energy minister” who was hoping to persuade the states to sign on to a new framework imposing reliability and emissions reduction obligations on Australia’s electricity retailers.

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