Local Labor savages the Coalition's energy policy changes
LABOR'S politicians are lining up to sink the boot in the Prime Minister and his government's handling of their beleaguered energy policy, the National Energy Guarantee.
By abandoning an emission target and proposing renewed regulation and possible market intervention, Malcolm Turnbull has angering people on both sides of politics.
Labor's candidate For Capricornia Russell Robertson and Queensland Senator Murray Watt said the LNP's energy policy chaos was letting down regional Queensland claiming they had no coherent policy to restore confidence.
"Malcolm Turnbull junked the National Energy Guarantee (NEG), destroying the certainty it is supposed to provide," they said.
"Michelle Landry and the LNP give false hope to the people of Central Queensland by making grandiose promises they never keep because they know new coal fired power stations can't provide cheap power and are 'uninvestable'. Only Labor has a plan to lower power prices and grow jobs and investment throughout regional Queensland, with our commitment to a modern and reliable energy system."
Ms Landry responded saying while Labor has never understood how the energy network operated or how their policies made it unstable and unaffordable, the Coalition would address the shortcomings of the network.
"Our energy policy means that CQ families will be able to trust they can turn the lights on and afford to do so. It provides the opportunity to get more coal-fired power into the system, either by new stations or upgrades to current stations; something Labor's senators will never support," Ms Landry said.
Keppel MP Brittany Lauga slammed the LNP over power backflips saying CQ energy consumers in being dealt a disjointed message on power prices and energy policy which gave no reassurances that consumers would save any money or what would eventually be the price of power.
She said the government don't know their national energy policy from week to week, were celebrating underwriting new coal-fired power stations and disregarding targets to cut pollution while the QLD government had multi-million dollar renewable projects in the pipeline and the lowest wholesale power prices on the eastern seaboard.
Ms Landry accused the state government of owning the vast majority of production and holding a virtual strangle-hold on the retail energy market in QLD, gaming the system, driving jobs overseas and families to the end of their budget limits.
"The actions we as a federal government have taken have delivered a significant drop in wholesale prices across the National Energy Market," she said.