THE DISTILLERY: White paper tiger

Jotters give the government's energy white paper thumbs down and Martin Ferguson thumbs up, while flagging hope for Oakajee.

Nothing sparks a debate in this country quite like energy policy, and so the commentariat has been waiting with bated breath for the federal government's white paper on the topic. Its launch yesterday was met with cries of "more of the same," although our scribes have found solace in an accompanying speech by Resources Minister Martin Ferguson. Elsewhere, there's a glimmer of hope at the stalled Oakajee project, and cost cutting might extend the resources boom until 2020.

But first, Fairfax's Adele Ferguson labels the government's energy white paper "another so-what report", as it stops short of recommending privatisation.



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