House debates

Wednesday, 30 November 2016


Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Media Reform) Bill 2016; Second Reading

10:33 am

Photo of Craig KellyCraig Kelly (Hughes, Liberal Party) Share this | Hansard source

I had hoped that I would have the opportunity to further educate the member for Fenner in these last few minutes, but the point I was making is that this story that renewables had surpassed coal had gone across countless media outlets—far exceeding the 75 per cent audience reach rule or the two-out-of-three cross-media ownership rule. But, when you actually look at the evidence, this is simply an example of fake news.

If we are talking about electricity generation, from the OECD's own report we see solar at less than one per cent of energy generation—actually, 0.8 per cent—and we see wind at three per cent, compared to coal at 41 per cent. That is just electricity generation. If we go to total power across the world, we see wind at 0.45 per cent and we see solar at 0.1 per cent. So this is another clear example of false news and why we must all protect media diversity in our market. We must have as many independent voices as possible putting independent views across our media aspect.


Tibor Majlath
Posted on 1 Dec 2016 6:22 pm

A prefect example of how no one reads the written word with any understanding.

Rather McCrann, and many others in the Media read what fitted their biases and prejudices concerning renewables and climate science. It isn't fake news. It is clumsy, slack, and lazy reporting with little real analysis.

Even basic checking shows that the International Energy Agency's 2016 World Energy Outlook, does not say that energy generation from renewables is now greater than from coal. The IEA waxed poetic about the ever increasing use of renewables and expects the share of renewables generating electricity on a global scale to rise to 28% by 2021.

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