Clearing the air after an electric storm

The Senate's power prices inquiry will test posturing on all sides of parliament. But inevitable investigation of a national smart meter roll-out and time-for-use charges could be a political time bomb.

Backed by the Greens, the federal government is following up Julia Gillard’s recent foray into energy issues by moving to set up a Senate select committee to examine electricity prices.

The Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Senator Penny Wong, has called for the inquiry in a parliamentary notice of motion published on Wednesday.

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