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Wednesday, 11 May 1994
Page: 563


Senator MARGETTS —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes that:

    (i)the Victorian State Government has abandoned its plans for Australia's largest wind power plant,

    (ii)this decision was based on the State Government believing it could not afford an annual $1.3 million subsidy, although it gives Alcoa a $200 million subsidy on its power charges per year, and

    (iii)the wind power plant would have produced electricity for 5 000 houses and reduced Victoria's carbon dioxide emissions by 32 000 tonnes a year;

  (b)criticises the State's lack of foresight in favouring unsustainable, polluting energy sources over clean renewable energy; and

  (c)calls on the State Government to review its decision immediately.