Senate debates

Monday, 11 September 2023

Questions without Notice

Climate Change

2:51 pm

Photo of Penny WongPenny Wong (SA, Australian Labor Party, Minister for Foreign Affairs) Share this | Hansard source

Investing in renewable energy is not only cleaner but it is also cheaper for households, businesses and industry, and we are working with state and territory governments to improve energy security and reliability by attracting investment in firm renewables. The CEO of the Australian Energy Market Operator said projects that do this will play a key role in protecting Australians from energy risks and challenges ahead.

But what do see from those opposite and particularly the leadership of the Nationals? First, we see the great leader, the member for Maranoa, not only abstaining on the motion I referred to in the primary but also publicly calling for a pause in the rollout of renewable energy. Another motion passed at their conference demanded a moratorium on all large-scale renewable energy projects. All large-scale renewable energy projects. Who is actually running policy over there? Is it Mr Dutton who is recommitted? Senator Canavan put his hand up and I agree.

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