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Labor getting increasingly desperate on jobs & renewables

Published: Thursday, 10 May 2018

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Minister for the Environment and Energy


10 May 2018


Mark Butler’s latest feeble attempts to criticise the Government’s record on renewable energy and jobs brings to mind the old aphorism: Better to remain silent and be thought misinformed, than to speak and remove all doubt.

Mr Butler, who hasn’t ask a question of me in the Parliament for over 200 days, claims:

  • The Government is ‘anti-renewables’ and undermining renewable jobs.
  • The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) is reducing its investment plans in the Budget papers due to the Government having a ‘war on renewables’ and the National Energy Guarantee.

But here are the facts:

  • Almost one million jobs have been created in the economy since the Coalition was elected and 2017 was the strongest year of jobs growth on record. Our record on jobs is clear.
  • Jobs in the renewable energy sector increased 33 per cent last year, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Jobs in large-scale renewable energy are at their highest on record.
  • Renewable energy sector jobs fell under Labor by 13 per cent or 2,500 in their last year in office.
  • Last year, was Australia’s biggest ever year for renewables and more than $12 billion and more than 7,000 megawatts of investment is now underway, according the Clean Energy Regulator.
  • According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, in 2017, Australia was the world’s third highest clean energy investor on a per capita basis – four the investment per capita of China, five times France.
  • The CEFC used identical forecast figures in this year’s Budget as last year’s Budget – before the NEG even existed.
  • The CEFC has confirmed there has been no change in the CEFC’s forecast of commitments or anticipated draws from the CEFC Special Account as a result of the NEG.

Rather than increasingly desperate dog whistling to its left flank, Labor should be explaining to the Australian people:

  • Why it wants to put Australian jobs at risk with its reckless emissions reduction targets that it has no idea or plan how to reach?
  • Why is it abandoning 900,000 jobs in Australia’s manufacturing sector with its policies to increase prices and decrease reliability?
  • Why it wants to take South Australian Labor’s failed 50 per cent renewable energy target experiment national?
  • Why it joined with the Greens in the Senate to pass a motion to “encourage” the closure of coal- fired power stations, selling out blue-collared workers in regional Australia for inner city green votes?


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