PM talks up $8m Snowy hydro expansion feasibility study and while he won’t rule out funding new coal power plants, he says there are no plans to do so

Malcolm Turnbull has said the government has “no plans” to fund a coal-fired power station, but refused to rule it out as part of a compromise to help a Clean Energy Target pass the Coalition party room.

Appearing on ABC’s 7:30 on Monday Turnbull defended his government’s legacy, saying its interventions in the energy market including gas export controls and funding for the Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro feasibility study showed it was “protecting Australian jobs”.

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