The national energy guarantee has passed a critical hurdle, getting majority support from the coalition backbench committee despite Tony Abbott’s dissent. All the days events, live

Barnaby Joyce has again been blaming renewables and the Paris agreement for electricity price hikes, despite the number of independent reports which point to the gold plating of the poles and wires being the main price driver. The network charges.

And let’s not also forget that Joyce was part of the government – led by Tony Abbott – which offered states a sweetner from a $5bn infrastructure pool if they ‘recycled’ their assets – the power assets they still owned. Which Victoria and NSW took advantage of. And now these same two people want the government to fork out for new coal-fired power stations, after criticising the private companies for doing what they want with the assets they bought off the states, at the Abbott government’s request.

Right now, it is a reality, especially in New England, that people cannot afford power and they’re trying to make up for it by doing things, such as pensioners going to bed early so that they can stay warm. Now, I can’t go back to them and say – this is about the Paris Agreement. The reason that you’re going to bed early is that you can lie back and think of the Paris Agreement. We have to have an a mechanism that is able to enforce the savings that we’re talking about.”


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The latest Guardian Essential poll is out – as Katharine Murphy reports, Labor and Bill Shorten are both up.

The latest survey of 1,032 voters has Labor ahead of the Coalition on the two-party preferred measure, 52% to 48%, an improvement within the poll’s margin of error since the result last fortnight, which was 51% to 49%.

There has also been a three-point improvement in the Labor leader’s approval ratings. 34% approved of the job Shorten is doing as opposition leader (up 3% from last month), and 44% disapproved (down 3%) – a change in his net approval rating from -16 to -10.

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