Monday, 9 November 2020
Statements by Members
Manufacturing needs affordable, reliable energy to produce more jobs for families. In Moncrieff, whether I'm talking to a parent working hard to meet their mortgage payments and school fees or a business owner trying to rebuild in the wake of the pandemic, the message I get on energy costs is clear: families have to make ends meet and families care about emissions. Families in Moncrieff need the government to be balanced and sensible. We need calm, methodical, sustainable action. They worry about the hysterical messages from the Greens that advocate drastic action on climate change in a manner that is either grossly ignorant or callously indifferent to business and family budgets. In Moncrieff, businesses and families know that, to deliver results, our government is committed to our position and clear on our plan. Labor's divisions don't allow them to move to any sort of sensible position. We know that the few sensible voices on the other side are battling those that align with the hysterical position of the Greens. That's why Labor refuses to commit to a 2030 emissions target. Those on the other side refuse. Even if they did commit, the good people of Moncrieff would be rightly sceptical that a party so divided cannot be trusted to achieve targets in a sensible and measured manner.
The coalition consistently sets, meets and beats emissions targets and will continue to do so with technology investments, not with taxes. That translates to affordable, reliable energy in parallel with lower emissions— (Time expired)