Three-hour meeting fails to resolve government’s position on Finkel review but energy minister denies there’s a backbench revolt

Josh Frydenberg says it is too soon to say if the Coalition party room will support a clean energy target after a three-hour extraordinary meeting in which a number of government colleagues raised concerns about the core recommendations of the Finkel review.

Speaking on ABC on Tuesday night, the energy and environment minister said MPs were “concerned about the future of coal” and about rising electricity prices, and he stressed the proposed clean energy target did not prohibit the building of new coal-fired power stations.

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