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Thursday, 12 December 2002
Page: 8083


Senator O'BRIEN (3:27 AM) —The opposition will not be supporting this amendment. I take this opportunity to draw the attention of the Senate to Mr Thomson's speech on 9 December where he says, on Hansard page 9683:

Labor will not scrap MRET, which the government report recommends ...

He is talking about the Parer report.

... we will increase the renewable energy target to five per cent by 2010.

There may be an ambiguity in the passage that Senator Macdonald refers to but it is pretty clear there. In addition, of course, on the same day Mr Thomson issued a media release where he called for an increase in the mandatory renewable energy target to five per cent. I seek leave to table that.

Leave granted.


The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Bolkus)—Senator Macdonald.