There was a moment of stunned silence at a hastily arranged teleconference of energy ministers on Tuesday evening, just hours after the government's long-awaited electricity scheme had been released.
|Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg and Prime Minister|
Malcolm Turnbull with energy regulators at Tuesday's
Some of those present at the meeting – described as "testy" by several participants – had requested more detail on the plan. All they had received were two briefing papers – 12 pages in total – and a media release.
But Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg told the ministers, "You all have everything I have".
"There was a startling lack of detail and information," Queensland's Labor Energy Minister Mark Bailey said. "That's a small amount [of detail] for such an important issue.”
Read Peter Hannam’s story in The Sydney Morning Herald - “Behind closed doors at the energy briefing: a rocky start to Turnbull's energy pitch.”