Watch SA Premier Jay Weatherill shirtfront Josh Frydenberg over energy policy

Reported by ABC, Jane Norman

Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg and South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill have clashed during a bizarre press conference that descended into a slanging match over energy policy.

The Federal Government has been relentlessly attacking South Australia’s approach to energy and its over-reliance on renewable sources, since last year’s state-wide black out.

Mr Weatherill this week announced a half-a-billion dollar plan to shore up the state’s fragile power supply, which was dismissed as a “$550 million admission of failure” by Mr Frydenberg, who accused the state of trying to “go it alone”.

In Adelaide to launch a federally funded “virtual power plant”, Mr Frydenberg found himself seated awkwardly between Mr Weatherill and South Australia’s Treasurer, Tom Koutsantonis, and then conducting a joint press conference with the Premier.

Mr Frydenberg laughed when asked if “it was all a bit awkward”, but Mr Weatherill told reporters “it’s about to be” before laying into the Federal Government.

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