Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg has punished "frightened" states, including Victoria, for their apprehensions about the Turnbull government's plans to cut energy prices and carbon emissions.
Frydenberg is confident he can persuade disgruntled members of the coalition during a group meeting this week, and is urging state and territory ministers to back the National Energy Guarantee.
He thrashed against Victoria for demanding the remodeling of the policy, claiming that industry groups see the plan as "the only game in the city" to reduce electricity bills.
"This is politicking and positions and what the sector wants is certainty of the investment," Frydenberg told ABC on Sunday.
"We have to dissociate the crass short-term political calculations that are happening in Victoria from the long-term national interest."
Frydenberg insists that blackout threats are "absolutely real" if states reject their plans.
He was reluctant to consider the possibility of deputies such as Barnaby Joyce and Tony Abbott crossing the room to vote against the government's energy policy.
They know how difficult this is and they know that Australia needs to break the impasse that has affected this policy in the past, "said Frydenberg.
"As the political battle lines have been drawn about Australia's energy and climate policy over the past 15 years, it has been consumers who have been the victims."