13 February, 2017: The Federal government has failed to deliver any coherent plan for Australia’s 21st Century energy needs providing no leadership, certainty or truth on renewable energy – and this contagion is spreading through State Liberal parties.
“Today we see the South Australian Liberal Leader adopting the tactics of his Federal colleagues, misleading the public, chasing off investment in that State and putting politics well ahead of a plan or a policy,” said Claire O’Rourke, National Director of Solar Citizens.
“At the same time media reports indicate that the Federal Government were told, in no uncertain terms, that renewable energy was not the cause of a major blackout in South Australia in September, extreme weather was.
“The Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister have actively lied in interviews and statements since – all the facts were thrown overboard to suit their ideological and economically reckless positions on Australia’s future energy system.
“With the Federal government showing no plan for renewable energy beyond 2020, it has been up to State/Territory Governments including the ACT, South Australia, Queensland and most recently Victoria to plan their own renewable energy transitions,” said O’Rourke.
“And now, like a virus, the wreckers in opposition in several states are spouting the same nonsense, trying to undo these state based efforts – what an absolute disgrace.