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Two steps forward, one back for Australian solar

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By Tom Kenning, Reporter

Policy | As one long-running policy saga finally draws to a close, a series of attacks on renewable energy support have offset any progress that had been made. Tom Kenning explores the latest setbacks and where the possibilities for progress may lie.

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