“While there are a number of factors driving these price increases, the ACCC plays a critical role in monitoring and reporting on developments in the electricity and gas markets,” he said in a statement on Monday.
“We’re not ruling anything in or out effectively at the moment,” he said.
Employment Minister Tony Burke says the government “won’t rule anything out” to resolve the country’s current gas crisis. Source: AAP / Lukas Coch
“It’s been a decade of no energy policy (under the former government) that has effectively led us to a situation where we’ve ended up with this perfect storm.
Mr Burke said while Labor had supported relief payments handed down in the last budget, the government was “not putting anything more on the table at the moment”.
Mr Bowen has argued the gas trigger, which allows for exports to be diverted to domestic supply, is a complex process which would not deliver any price relief until January if it was enacted now.
“That’s something we can consider in time. I don’t think we should rule things out simply because it’s unfashionable to talk about them.”
Peter Dutton denies Scott Morrison allies demoted
Mr Robert has been appointed shadow assistant treasurer in the outer ministry.
“One of the hardest parts of this job is the reshuffle where you’ve got an abundance of talent, people have got great capability, and you’ve only got a certain number of spots to fill and so there will be disappointments,” Mr Dutton told ABC radio on Monday.
“The reason I bought such a high calibre team together is so that we can work through that policy and have a very clear alternative to the government,” Mr Dutton said.