MEDIA STATEMENT from Shadow Energy Minister Michael Hart:
Tonight the LNP moved a motion calling on all Members of Parliament to denounce calls from Get Up! to close Queensland coal and gas-fired power stations.
Calls to close these power stations are completely irresponsible and tonight, instead of taking leadership, Labor turned a blind eye.
The worst offender was Labor’s Energy Minister Mark Bailey.
We know Mr Bailey is aware of GetUp’s position on coal and gas-fired power stations because he used his personal email account on 12 October to communicate GetUp’s position to his ministerial advisors.
We don’t know what the advice back to the Minister was because it is related to consideration of Cabinet and was withheld under the RTI Act.
This proves Mr Bailey was doing Cabinet business on his private email.
He knows closing Queensland’s gas and coal-fired generators would bring an end to thousands of Queensland jobs. It would also wipe billions of dollars of much-needed investment from our state.
Yet Labor continues to pursue their extreme 50% renewable energy target that will cost Queensland families $317 million more for electricity over 13 years and $6.2 billion in lost revenue for power stations.
To add insult to injury, this Government refuses to acknowledge that renewable energy is more expensive than existing coal and gas-fired power stations.
Once again Annastacia Palaszczuk and her Ministers are more interested in protecting inner-city Green votes than protecting jobs and bringing down energy prices for Queensland families.
Queenslanders are sick of Labor saying one thing in regional Queensland and doing another in Brisbane.
[ENDS] 28 February 2017
Media contact: Jaime Wells 0409 624 139