Feb 20, 2011
Financial And Forex Info: The australian Business Briefing: Soaring power prices and souring popularity.
Financial And Forex Info: The Australian Capirtal Circle. Soaring power prices and souring popularity .
|Soaring power prices and souring popularity|
|Both sides of politics could do with a quiet week. Unfortunately for them, parliament resumes for a fortnight today.|
The PM's day, per the press office: Julia Gillard is in Canberra today for the second parliamentary week of the year. She will attend the opening of the hall of valour gallery at the Australian War Memorial tonight.
Tony Abbott arrived in Canberra last night to prepare for the parliamentary week ahead. Mr Abbott and his Coalition will focus their attack on Labor's youth allowance backdown today. (more below)
Senate estimates start today. And apart from giving public servants a chance to take all the car spaces before journalists arrive at work, estimates is a week of close scrutiny of the government's books.
Today's program, in brief: The departments of Climate Change and Environment will appear in 2S3. Finance and Public Administration are in 2S1. Legal and Constitutional Affairs are in the main committee room, and Rural Affairs is in 2R1. The full program is here.
Late inclusion: One Nation president Ian Nelson will appear on Q&A tonight.
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The Australian leads with a report from Annabel Hepworth and Sid Maher, who write: THE Gillard government's renewable energy scheme will saddle consumers with more than $1 billion in extra electricity costs this year, and uncertainty created by its failure to implement a carbon pricing regime is forcing power bills higher than they would otherwise be.
The Sydney Morning Herald leads with Sean Nicholls' report on the NSW Liberals official campaign launch: "Opposition leader Barry O'Farrell has urged voters to take a "once-in-a-generation opportunity'' to change the state government.