The nation may be running out of power, but our politicians aren’t.
Question time, for the second day running dominated by arguments over the cost and availability of electricity, generated much energy but rather less light.
At least we should be grateful that Labor is at last leaving Barnaby Joyce and his citizenship woes alone.
On Wednesday, Labor tried very hard to get Malcolm Turnbull to say how much household electricity prices have risen since the Liberals were returned in 2013.
There was no way the PM was going to put a figure on that.
But he happily said that whatever the figure, it was all Labor’s fault.
After a while, Labor offered a figure of its own. Confirm, Julie Owens demanded, that the average Sydney household is paying about $1000 more in power bills than in 2013.
“She has just made that number up,” Josh Frydenberg, who took over from Turnbull several times, retorted.
The PM had fun baiting his opponents.
“Labor can shout as much as they like,” he said – which brought the mildest of rebukes from Speaker Tony Smith.
“That’s one thing I disagree with the PM on,” the Speaker, who’d been battling with the shouting, said.
Turnbull then turned on Bill Shorten, a “complete stranger” to careful planning.
“No plan, no competence, all ideology, all idiocy,” he said with profound pleasure.
Turnbull also gave “Blackout Bill” a couple of mentions. He wasn’t talking about Shorten, of course. That had been ruled unparliamentary. Just scattering it around casually – as if anyone would not know who he was talking about.