Senate debates

Monday, 16 March 2015

Questions without Notice

Renewable Energy

2:28 pm

Photo of Michael RonaldsonMichael Ronaldson (Victoria, Liberal Party, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs) Share this | Hansard source

I suspect there are a number of workers in the Australian coal industry who again want to hear the Australian Greens talk about taking their jobs away from them, about taking their future away from them and from their children. But you go and argue the case out there.

As I said to you before about what the RET figures were in 2001, after 14 years of this scheme and $9.4 billion worth of support from electricity customers, renewable energy now provides around 14 per cent of Australia's electricity.

We believe renewable energy is an important part of Australia's energy mix. We want to see the amount of renewable energy grow in the next five years. We remain open to those who want to engage in sensible debate. We are open to those who want to talk about the future of the renewable industry. You have cut yourselves out of this debate, Senator Milne. I say to the Australian Labor Party: sit down and get this resolved. (Time expired)


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