Senate debates

Thursday, 2 September 2021


Environment and Communications References Committee; Reference

11:18 am

Photo of Anne RustonAnne Ruston (SA, Liberal Party, Minister for Families and Social Services) Share this | Hansard source

The government will be opposing this motion, as this is nothing more than an attempt to circumvent and undermine the collaborative work of the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments which has been undertaken through the Energy Security Board. The ESB's advice on post-2025 market design is the culmination of two years work and extensive consultation. Their proposed reforms have been warmly welcomed, including by CFMEU Mining and Energy and the Australian Workers Union, as critical to securing Australia's manufacturing sector. The ESB estimates that these reforms could save consumers $1.3 billion. Running a parallel Senate inquiry into a major public consultation will undermine much-needed work to reform the NEM and demonstrates that the Greens prioritise grandstanding on climate change over the national interest.


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