The Coalition claims that the NEG will reduce emissions, make power more reliable, and save households money. The numbers paint a different picture.
Malcolm Turnbull's party room win on the NEG delivers a fatal blow to Tony Abbott's lingering capacity to hurt his leader.
The National Energy Guarantee in the form proposed by the government would lock in the policies of a climate denialist. The states have every right to fight back.
The key battle on energy policy is whether the government can be allowed to embed Tony Abbott's denialism into the energy policy framework for a decade to come.
Australians don't trust Turnbull or his government because they keep stuffing up -- but their poor governance is as much to do with ideology and malice as much as incompetence.
There's no mystery or scandal about how we ended up with a badly flawed electricity market — it has followed the broader path of neoliberal reforms in Australia.
For all his power, there are certain truths Malcolm Turnbull can't admit for fear of infuriating the right.
With a new energy deal with Australia on the table, and with an end to a year of political gridlock in sight, the future should be bright for Timor-Leste. But will it fall pray to the same pattern of corruption that led it here?