Energy market reform too hot to handle?

Voter reaction to Julia Gillard's slant on energy market reform will soon be tested at the ballot box. But the onus still lies with state governments to pluck up the courage and deregulate markets.

With as many as one in five east coast households freaking out whenever they receive an electricity bill, it is hardly surprising that power prices have become a political hot potato.

The problem for policymakers is what to do about it and 2013 is a year when their “I feel your pain” attitudes will get put to the acid test: voters’ reaction at the ballot box.

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