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Tasmania will be hit hard by Abbott government RET policy

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Christine Milne 22 Oct 2014

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says the Renewable Energy Target policy announced by Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane adopts key recommendations from the discredited Warburton review and should be rejected by the Labor party.

"Renewable Energy is one of the growth industries for Tasmania. Any Tasmanian politician who votes for changes to water down the RET will be betraying the people who voted for them," said Senator Milne.

"There is absolutely no reason, and no excuse, for weakening the Renewable Energy Target. The Labor Party must stand firm and reject this deal outright.

"By accepting Dick Warburton's ‘real 20%' target and half of any new growth recommendations, the Abbott government has signed up to a discredited review that is based in a refusal to accept climate science.

"Tasmania has already suffered a blow from the carbon price abolition and a weakened RET would jeopardise future returns to the state.

"The Abbott government's policy will decimate new investment in large scale renewable plants and will drive up power prices.

"Reducing the target and exempting polluting industry undermines what the RET is for - making clean energy cheaper for households," said Senator Milne.

"Tasmania has embraced new renewable energy investment and jobs. We should be keeping and expanding the RET, not going backwards.

"A so-called ‘real' 20% target is a massive blow to solar and wind in Australia, and all of the jobs and opportunity that comes with it."


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