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.