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Australia news live updates: power shortfall warning as energy crisis escalates; Robert Hughes set for release

Electricity gaps are predicted today in NSW and Queensland as a long cold snap rolls on; Socceroos defeat Peru to qualify for World Cup. Follow live * Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing * Australia demands end to ‘unjustified trade strikes’ after China ceases diplomatic freeze * Sky News Australia a global hub for climate misinformation, says report Between politicians discussing energy and childcare, we still had the joy of the Socceroos winning their World Cup qualifier this morning, and I felt the ABC’s Tony Armstrong captured the mood pretty perfectly: Next off the bench is government services and NDIS minister (and former Labor leader) Bill Shorten, who is blaming the cold for the energy shortfall in NSW and Queensland. The very cold weather, combined with let’s face it, 10 years of delay and denial about investing in our energy market operator grid, and the chickens have come to roost. You need what’s called dispatchable power. That’s power that you don’t need to be paying for seven days, 24 hours a week but when it’s really cold, that’s when you need it. Continue reading...

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