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You might recall claims the government made last week that an electricity shortage forced a major aluminium smelter to shut down three times in a week and that building a publicly-owned gas-fired power plant will fix the problem.

Here is what Snowy Hydro had to say about that in estimates this evening:

Snowy Hydro confirms to #senateestimates there was not a critical electricity supply shortage when the Tomago aluminium smelter shut down last week, and that the government business was offering its electricity at $15,000/MWh when prices spiked.

I am going to hand you over to the wonderful Lisa Cox for the night shift – she’ll take you through anything else that pops up over the next couple of hours.

Thank you to everyone who spent today with me – it was a bit of a strange way to spend a birthday, but your company and messages made all the difference.

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