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Frydenberg rules out new carbon price

AAP logoAAP 6/12/2016

The federal environment minister has sought to allay backbench concerns about a government review into climate change policy.

Following a cabinet meeting on Tuesday and public criticism from several Liberal MPs, Josh Frydenberg has ruled out an emissions intensity scheme.

"The government will not be adopting new policies which increase the already high cost of electricity for Australian families," he told The Australian.

But earlier this week, he told ABC radio an emissions intensity scheme was being looked at as part of the review.

"Britney Spears' first marriage lasted longer than that, and that only lasted two days," Labor frontbencher Jason Clare told Sky News.

He said the backflip showed how weak Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was, insisting he was still fearful of losing his job over the issue, like he did in 2009.

The prime minister once believed in tackling climate change but was now being "led around like a prize bull at the Easter show" by the right-wing of his party, he said.

Liberal frontbencher Karen Andrews said she was pleased that a carbon tax had been ruled out, insisting the government could not take actions that pushed up energy prices.

She said Australia needed to have a discussion about nuclear power.

"The part of the equation that we have not discussed fully in my view is nuclear power generation."

The Climate Institute's CEO John Connor called for a proper national plan, instead of "knee-jerk reactionary responses".

"We've got to stop choosing to live in a fish bowl of fish-mongering," he told AAP.

Mr Connor warned ruling out options increases risks to energy security, prices and jobs.

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