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This Is The Most Insane, Awkward Political Press Conference Of 2017

Josh Frydenberg and Jay Weatherill threw down on national TV.

16/03/2017 12:01 PM AEDT | Updated 16/03/2017 1:40 PM AEDT
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Weatherill and Frydenberg just went AT IT.

In what will be hard to top as the most wild political press conference of the year, federal energy minister Josh Frydenberg and South Australian premier Jay Weatherill threw the gloves on for a 12-round heavyweight fight about power supply on national TV.

Frydenberg was in SA to check out the new 'virtual power plant', with solar battery storage installations operating in a 'cloud-based system' by AGL. Weatherill was there too. There was a press conference held at the site, where the pair took turns making statements and taking some questions. That's when it got awkward, when Weatherill sidled up behind Frydenberg and started laying into him.

SA has been experiencing ongoing electricity supply issues for many months. The state depends on renewable energy more than any other in the country, and several widespread blackouts (including one affecting the entire state) have put the pressure on and given the federal government cannon fodder to talk up their plan which includes a lower reliance on renewable energy. The government has been taking potshots at SA for months over their energy issues, holding the state up as an example of what happens when there is too much reliance on renewables.

So after being ridiculed and criticised for ages, Weatherill saw his shot to fire back at the federal minister in charge, and took it.

"To be honest, I didn't even know Jay was going to be here," Frydenberg said.

It went downhill from there.

"It shows the Commonwealth government are in a white-knuckle panic about national energy policy. It's a $2 billion admission the national energy market is broken and there needs to be public investments to fix it up," Weatherill said, referencing the Snowy Hydro scheme announced earlier in the morning.

"It is a little galling to be standing here next to a man who has been standing up with his Prime Minister bagging South Australia at every step of the way over the last six months, to be standing here on this occasion. Suggesting that we want to work together is a disgrace.

"The way in which your government has treated this state is the most anti-South Australia government we've seen from a Commonwealth government in living memory."

Weatherill called Frydenberg a "disgrace" again. This was Frydenberg's face:

Twitter followed along, enthralled.

This will be hard to top.



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