House debates

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Questions without Notice


2:48 pm

Photo of Josh FrydenbergJosh Frydenberg (Kooyong, Liberal Party, Minister for the Environment and Energy) Share this | Hansard source

the Chief Scientist, the CSIRO and, since our announcement yesterday, BHP, BlueScope, the Business Council of Australia, Energy Networks Australia and Shell. Many others have welcomed the Turnbull government's announcement. So I was surprised, when we announced that we were amending the CEFC legislation, that the Leader of the Opposition, who now turns his back, put out a tweet. The tweet said, 'You've got to be kidding'. I say to the Leader of the Opposition, 'Who is kidding?' I want to play a game of 'guess who'. Who said, 'Carbon capture and storage projects are occurring throughout the world'? The member for McMahon! Who said that carbon capture and storage 'is a critically important technology that we have to develop in this country'? The member for Corio! Who said, 'We have to make carbon capture and storage work; these are one of the key and must-have technologies in the challenge that we face'? That was the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Senator Wong. Who said:

Labor will also restore flexibility to the CEFC by broadening the Investment Mandate to make it technology neutral …

That was in the Labor Party's election platform last year. The cake always goes to the last bloke. Who put out one of his many releases just yesterday, saying:

Labor has been a strong supporter of carbon capture technology for many years.

That was the member for Port Adelaide, the opposition spokesman for energy and climate change. If the Labor Party do not support our amendments to the CEFC, they do not support a technology neutral approach and they do not support lower emissions for Australian industry and thermal generation. (Time expired)


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