Jay Weatherill tears Josh Frydenberg a new one on national TV!
The insipid Josh Frydenberg has had his arse handed to him on a plate by SA Labor Premier Jay Weatherill during an extraordinary press conference in Adelaide earlier today.
Tensions flared, as a sheepish Frydenberg was left reeling from a severe lashing from the SA Premier who accused the Federal Government of “disgraceful” conduct.
Mr Weatherill called the Snowy River Hydro expansion announcement by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as a “$2 billion insult” to South Australia, while branding the Commonwealth’s overall approach as reactive and panic-driven after years doing nothing.
“It shows that the Commonwealth government are in a white knuckled panic about national energy policy. It is a $2 billion admission that the national energy market has broken and there needs to be public investments to actually fix it up.”
“We have today this two billion-dollar insult where money is being spent to keep the lights on in Sydney at a time when we’re facing energy shortages over the coming summer,” Mr Weatherill said.
“That’s why our plan is about acting … in South Australia’s interests.”
“It’s about making sure that we can stand on our own two feet, because we know that we’re being let down by a federal government that’s anti-South Australia.”
Both men had been attending the press conference to mark the switching on of a so-called “virtual power plant;” a connected series of solar-powered batteries across the city.
Mr Weatherill said it was “an outrage” that Mr Frydenberg would try to claim credit for the solar scheme after being so critical of his government’s “ideological” fixation with renewable energy.
Mr Frydenberg has been deeply critical of the SA Weatherill government’s emphasis on renewable energy, as well as its recent decision to build a new state-owned gas power plant.