Energy Minister’s poor negotiation skills leave Tasmania out in the cold again
Liberals half-hearted about Tasmania’s renewables potential
Promise of only more discussions into the future not good enough
Energy Minister Matthew Groom has returned from talks with the Prime Minister on Tasmania’s unmatched potential as a renewable energy powerhouse with a result that can only be described as pitiful.
Shadow Treasurer Scott Bacon said Mr Groom had achieved nothing more from his Canberra talks than a vague promise of future discussions when he should have been coming home with tangible commitments.
“It’s just not good enough that Tasmania is saddled with a half-hearted Energy Minister who is happy to tell Tasmanians that all he received from his much-touted talks with his Federal counterpart and the Prime Minister was a half-hearted commitment to talk more later,” Mr Bacon said.
“It’s not good enough that the PM – according to Mr Groom – sees our potential for renewable energy development but is not prepared to put his money where his mouth is.
“Mr Groom has lost Tasmanians taxpayers $160 million through a sustained energy crisis and now he goes to Canberra in a weak attempt to negotiate and returns with a weak response.
“He says he is seizing the initiative when he is doing anything but.
“Labor’s Target 500 Renewable Energy Development policy fills the gap that the Hodgman Government has been unable to fill with this Minister.*
“A majority Labor Government will ensure Tasmania can restore its natural competitive advantage in renewable energy with a 500 MW Renewable Energy Development Target.
“A majority Labor Government will engage with the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to secure up to $200 million in public financing for eligible projects.
“Labor is committed to a transition to sustainable transport and new energy storage technologies that can complement the capabilities of our hydro system.
“Labor is about putting Tasmania on the international map as a renewables powerhouse while the Liberals have failed miserably to harness our state’s potential.”