A Greens motion to refer questions about the One Nation senator’s eligibility for office to the court appears set to succeed. Follow the day live …
On Radio National energy and environment minister, Josh Frydenberg, has explained what the government is hoping to achieve by meeting with/standing over retail power companies on Wednesday.
He said the problem is that power companies attract customers with discounts that expire, leaving consumers on more expensive deals without informing them they could be $1,000 a year or more better off by switching plans. He stops short of calling it gouging but concedes “it’s certainly to the benefit of the company but the disadvantage of the consumer”.
Frydenberg said the government wants “real and tangible commitments” from the companies or risk regulation on “the information that needs to be provided and the manner in which it is provided to customers”. These could include mandating alerts that deals are about to expire and transparent systems to compare prices.
Good morning blogans,
Today is Wednesday and it is empirical evidence day. Today is the day when the Greens motion will hit the senate to refer One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts’ eligibility to the high court sitting as the court of disputed returns. It would appear the motion has the numbers with Labor and his fellow crossbenchers Jacqui Lambie, Derryn Hinch and Cory Bernardi backing the move while David Leyonhjelm told the ABC’s Tom Iggluden:
On the facts alone I would support that, but I will listen to the debate.
the whole point of going to a people’s vote rather than just a politicians’ vote is to get an absolutely authoritative result and that is, I believe, what we will get, an absolutely authoritative result which will decide this matter once and for all.
Obviously I will be voting no … And I say to you if you don’t like same-sex marriage, vote no. If you’re worried about religious freedom and freedom of speech, vote no, and if you don’t like political correctness, vote no because voting no will help to stop political correctness in its tracks.