Abbott later returned fire at the prime minister, saying idiocy was ‘doing more of the same and expecting a different result’

Malcolm Turnbull has thrown down the gauntlet to Tony Abbott ahead of a critical internal battle on energy policy, declaring “ideology and idiocy” cannot determine the resolution of the national energy guarantee.

The prime minister let fly with the barb in parliament after being asked by Labor’s Mark Butler about Abbott’s publicly expressed objections to the Neg, including his recent declarations that power price reductions forecast under the scheme are unbelievable.

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