Tuesday, 11 May 2021
Questions without Notice
What I can say is that Minister Pitt takes very, very seriously his responsibility and obligations, as the minister who is responsible for the NAIF, to make sure that, when he gives approval to particular projects, he is entirely satisfied that those projects can deliver the outcome that they're seeking. Minister Pitt has already committed—I think even this morning—that he is going to provide his statement of reasons why he chose not to approve the particular project that you are referring to. As you would also know, firming capacity is a subject of some dissension, in the sense that it is a bit like asking, 'How long is a piece of string?' But what I absolutely can commit to this chamber is that we are absolutely committed to affordable and reliable power, but we are also committed to dispatchable electricity, absolutely committed to making sure that, when the sun doesn't shine and the wind doesn't blow, we've still got power supplying households and businesses.