Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is spurning a backbench push to ramp up support for coal as critics including Tony Abbott work to force a shift in direction on energy policy but struggle to secure widespread support.
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Norm Clarke at a community lunch in Brisbane.
The government is confident of sealing an agreement with the states within weeks on its National Energy Guarantee, clearing a key hurdle for national rules that require energy retailers to improve reliability and reduce emissions.
Mr Turnbull’s allies on Tuesday blamed a backbench “ginger group” for trying to undermine the Prime Minister ahead of any agreement, and the government's expected loss of its 30th Newspoll survey next week.
The rebel MPs claim 20 signatures or more for a statement that backs the use of coal for electricity generation and calls for an end to renewable energy subsidies, reviving demands they made in the Coalition party room last year.
Read David Crowe’s story from The Age - “Tony Abbott-led push on energy policy struggles to find serious numbers to threaten PM.”