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Labor may draw on old govt energy policy

Labor may draw on old govt energy policy

Bill Shorten says Labor is prepared to adopt parts of the government's "dead" National Energy Guarantee as he claims the Coalition is run by "climate deniers".

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By AAP 16.09.2018 11:20 AM

Labor is prepared to draw on elements of the coalition's abandoned National Energy Guarantee in forming its own energy policy.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten has attacked the Liberal Party for being a "climate denialist party" and said the public are sick of the climate change "wars".

He says there's elements of the NEG Labor may work with, despite it being declared "dead" by Prime Minister Scott Morrison earlier this month.

Mr Shorten conceded the NEG was a good framework, but says it's not Labor's final position.

"We are prepared to use that as part of our framework going forward," he told ABC TV on Sunday.

"We'll have more to say about energy policy in the next couple of months.

"The climate deniers, like Tony Abbott, have taken over the Liberal Party.

"They didn't want the clean energy target. They didn't want an emissions trading scheme."

Former energy minister Josh Frydenberg, who is now treasurer, expressed his disappointment last week about the NEG being dead.

Mr Morrison has claimed electricity prices will not go up, despite killing off the plan.

"Not only will we bring electricity prices down, if the Labor Party were to come in, they would put electricity prices up," Mr Morrison told reporters last week.

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