Despite announcing its energy policy 18 months ago and
having taken it to an election Labor still has no idea what its policy on
renewables actually is.
It is becoming increasingly unclear whether Labor’s talk of
50 per cent renewable energy is in their own words an “aspiration”, a “goal”,
an “ambition”, an “objective”, a “policy framework” or in fact a hard “target”.
Joel Fitzgibbon: …It's not a policy. It's an announcement of
an aspiration. You have to have goals in life.
Source: Sky News, 26 July 2015
Tanya Plibersek: A
couple of things to say about that. The
50 per cent ambition means, you talked about $48 billion, that’s an estimate
you’re talking about…
Source: Sky News, 14 February 2017
Tony Burke: Yeah, which is, which is why we’ve generally
referred to it as a goal, or whatever term you want to use…
Source: Sky News, 16 February 2017
David Speers: So it’s not necessarily a 50 per cent RET in
Chris Bowen: Correct, that’s what I’m saying to you, but
there’s two. We do have a RET policy, and then we also have, which we’ve always
been very clear and explicit about, a policy objective for 50 per cent beyond
Source: ABC Radio National Breakfast, 16 February 2017
The architect of their policies Shadow Climate Change and
Energy Minister Mark Butler, is just as confused, happy to talk about his
policy as a “target” a month ago but changing his tune today referring to it as
a “policy framework”.
David Speers: …You would have a RET which as I say would
really give a leg up to solar and wind.
Mark Butler: Well it depends how that target is rolled out…Source: Sky News, 17 January 2017
Fran Kelly: You heard Chris Bowen there last night talking
about a goal and a target. 50 per cent renewables by 2030 is Labor’s policy,
can you explain now what it is? Is it a target, is it a goal, is it an
objective, or is it aspiration?
Mark Butler: …that is why we’ve got to plan and put in place
policy framework that does that in the most cost-effective way which is an
emissions intensity scheme.
Source: ABC Radio National, 16 February 2017
It’s little wonder Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and
Labor’s money man Chris Bowen can’t explain how much their policy will cost
when they don’t even know what it is.