Minister says renewables a gamble and coal should not be left out of transition to national energy guarantee

The resources minister, Matt Canavan, says Nationals are not in the business of “mandating that coal should be definitely invested in”, but are pushing to ensure it is not left out as part of the transition to the national energy guarantee.

Canavan told the ABC on Sunday that everyone needed to be “flexible” if Australia was to end a decade-long partisan brawl about climate and energy policy, but he said the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission had provided the government with a roadmap for future investment in all energy technologies, including coal.

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