House debates

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Statements on Indulgence

Callide Power Station

3:14 pm

Photo of Angus TaylorAngus Taylor (Hume, Liberal Party, Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction) Share this | | Hansard source

A short time ago a generation outage of the CS energy generator at Biloela in Queensland left many customers in Queensland without power. The cause of the incident is under investigation by the Australian Energy Market Operator. We're working to investigate the impact on customers in regional Queensland. Emergency events like these are matters we take very seriously. We're working with the market operator to determine the impact and the cause of this event and to restore power as quickly as possible to customers. Our thoughts at this time, first and foremost, are on the safety of the 260 workers at the Callide Power Station and the customers who rely on that power for their livelihoods.

3:15 pm

Photo of Chris BowenChris Bowen (McMahon, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy) Share this | | Hansard source

I'm sure the thoughts of all honourable members are with the workers at the Callide Power Station and the people of Biloela. Callide Power Station is a very important part of Queensland. I was there a few weeks ago, speaking with the workers. As all honourable members would agree, they are fine Australians. We very much welcome the preliminary news that all people have been accounted for, and we wish the people of Biloela and the workers at the Callide Power Station all the very best. I'm sure all the necessary investigations will occur. But the most important thing is that these Australians are in our thoughts.