Nationals call for more coal-fired power plants at party meeting

Resources minister Matt Canavan reinforces the case for coal as Turnbull battles Coalition energy policy critics

The Nationals have urged the federal government to support new coal-fired power plants and lift the ban on nuclear energy.

The party’s federal council in Canberra on Saturday passed a motion calling on the government to back building high-energy, low-emissions power stations to provide reliable and affordable power.

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‘Clearly wrong’: Labor says new documents show Coalition’s reef grant failure

Government’s claims that it did extensive due diligence for funding to foundation don’t add up, says opposition

The Labor party says the government’s claims that it conducted extensive due diligence for a $443.8 m grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation are “clearly wrong”, following revelations the department of environment and energy warned there were “significant” risks the grant would delay on-the ground projects.

Documents obtained by Guardian Australia under freedom of information laws showed no mention by the environment and energy department of the record grant until 12 April, three days after a meeting between the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, the environment and energy minister, Josh Frydenberg, and the foundation’s chairman, John Schubert.

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