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One simple question, two responses. No answers.



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HON MARK BUTLER MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY MEMBER FOR PORT ADELAIDE

ONE SIMPLE QUESTION, TWO RESPONSES. NO ANSWERS.

The Prime Minister has proven today his Government has no policy for renewables post 2020.

In Question Time today, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten asked the very simple question:

“My question is to the Prime Minister. What is the Government's policy to support the development of renewable energy projects after 2020?”

Question Time - 10 October 2016

Mr Turnbull couldn’t answer this simple question.

Instead, he chose to handball to Josh Frydenberg to embarrass himself by floundering his way through, again without answering the simple question.

Minister Frydenberg went to the extraordinary lengths of citing the work Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the same agency that Labor had to save from the Government’s axe.

It is now clear that the Turnbull government has no policy to support any renewable energy investment beyond 2020.

Given that a substantial amount of our electricity infrastructure will need to be replaced post 2020, the only conclusion one can draw is that the government still thinks coal is the only energy future Australia should contemplate.

Malcolm Turnbull is proving he’s like Tony Abbott when it comes to renewables. He’s beholden to the right wing extremists in his party.

After spending last week blaming renewable energy for the South Australian blackout, the Prime Minister is now trying to blame the blackout on the state Labor Government.

This is an absolute joke considering that the AEMO report highlighted that it was caused by a freak 50-year superstorm.

If this government refuses to acknowledge a storm, what else are they ignoring about climate change?

MONDAY, 10 OCTOBER 2016

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