Energy Minister Matthew Groom goes missing after release of Basslink report
The Hodgman Government has done nothing in three years on renewable energy
Energy Minister Matthew Groom has fallen embarrassingly silent following the release of a report into the viability of a second Bass Strait interconnector.
“Matthew Groom has gone from the champion for a second Basslink to completely silent,” Shadow Energy Minister Scott Bacon said.
“For the last three years the Minister has put all his eggs in the basket of a second Bass Strait interconnector.
“Now a feasibility report has been released casting doubt over the business case for a second cable and Matthew Groom hasn’t said a word.
“The Government has spent a million dollars on a report it wants to now bury. It’s very embarrassing.”
In December last year the Minister was talking up a second interconnector.
“The case for it is building, the momentum is building.” (Matthew Groom 12/12/2016 – ABC News)
Last March Matthew Groom was asking the Federal Government to fund a second cable.
“The Tasmanian Government remains committed to pursuing the case for a second Basslink interconnector, but it must be recognised as national infrastructure, and Tasmania must not be left to foot the bill,” (Matthew Groom 9/3/2016 – ABC News)
“Now we’ve got the embarrassing situation where the long-awaited report is released and the Minister doesn’t even acknowledge its publication,” Mr Bacon said.
“Labor has long argued that for a second interconnector to be viable more renewable energy generation must be installed first.
“In more than three years in government, Matthew Groom has not managed to install one extra megawatt of renewable energy in Tasmania.
“He’s been a complete failure as Energy Minister, even managing to lead Tasmania head-on into an energy crisis by trying to sell the Tamar Valley Power Station.”
Scott Bacon MP Shadow Energy Minister