Senate debates

Wednesday, 17 March 2021


Tasmania: Environmental Conservation

4:45 pm

Photo of Malcolm RobertsMalcolm Roberts (Queensland, Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party) Share this | Hansard source

One Nation opposes this motion that highlights the hypocrisy of green wind power. The Robbins Island development will place 122 wind turbines on pristine coast land in north-west Tasmania. I can understand Senator Whish-Wilson's concerns at having 122 bird choppers sitting in the middle of a bird sanctuary. What could go wrong? Green jobs do exist, even if the only skill required is the ability to use a bucket and a spade. Robbins Island will generate power where we don't need it, then use a 115-kilometre high-voltage powerline to bring intermittent power into the grid. This transmission line will carve its way through sensitive coastal saltmarsh. The problem with this development is not only the avian carnage; Tasmanian devils are native to the area. Their habitat will be dug up to install the bases for the wind turbines and will then be covered in 30,000 tonnes of concrete. How green is that? It's time to put a stop to this green energy madness.


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