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Wednesday, 16 March 2016
Page: 2172

Senator RYAN (VictoriaMinister for Vocational Education and Skills) (17:38): Mr President, I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator RYAN: On behalf of the government: since 2011-12 there has been significant growth in many areas of industry to 2014-15. Large-scale solar PV jobs are up 1,560 per cent, from 50 to 830 jobs; wind jobs are up 11 per cent, from 1,110 to 1,230; hydro jobs are up 23 per cent, from 1,480 to 1,820; and biomass jobs are up seven per cent from 1,380 to 1,470. Australia's renewable target will see 23.5 per cent of electricity coming from renewable sources by 2020. That is a doubling of large-scale renewable energy supported by the RET over the next five years. We fixed the RET target last year, and investments in projects to create almost 400 megawatts of capacity have been announced and significant further announcements are expected in the coming six months.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that the motion moved by Senator Di Natale be agreed to.