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Tuesday, 14 February 2017
Page: 925


Mrs WICKS (Robertson) (14:04): My question is to the Prime Minister. Will the Prime Minister update the House on how the government's responsible energy policies will help hardworking Australian families and businesses access more affordable and reliable power, which is something of great concern to constituents in my electorate of Robertson?

Mr TURNBULL (WentworthPrime Minister) (14:04): Now more than ever, the honourable member's constituents, and the constituents of every member in this House, need to be assured of reliable and affordable power.

Dr Mike Kelly interjecting

Mr TURNBULL: There is a massive threat looming over that prospect—

Dr Mike Kelly interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for Eden-Monaro is warned.

Mr TURNBULL: and that is the Labor Party and its reckless ideological approach to energy security, which has been demonstrated comprehensively in South Australia.

Ms Plibersek interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for Sydney is warned.

Mr TURNBULL: Only today, the Treasurer and I met with the Committee for Adelaide, a South Australian business group. Those business leaders are feeling the full brunt of what Jay Weatherill called his 'great experiment'. Well, it is an experiment that has failed. It has failed workers; it has failed businesses; and it has failed households. The chairman, Colin Goodall, said: 'Power has become a daily conversation in South Australia. It is difficult to attract new businesses to South Australia due to electricity being unreliable.' Those views were reinforced by every member of his delegation. One member said that he was considering moving his business out of South Australia and that he was not able to expand in the way his competitors interstate were able to expand, because of unavailable, unreliable and unaffordable power. Colin Goodall, the chairman of the committee said, 'South Australia is the canary in the coalmine.'

That is where Australia's energy situation will end up if the Labor Party are allowed to carry out their policies. In South Australia, they recognise the consequence of this unplanned introduction of a massive amount of wind power and variable renewable energy into the grid without any plan and without any proper analysis of how it could be integrated. We know what happened. We have seen it.

The Labor Party and the opposition leader should explain how their 50 per cent renewable energy target is going to work out—

Ms Plibersek interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for Sydney has been warned. If she interjects again she will be leaving the chamber, as will the member for Lindsay.

Mr TURNBULL: How is that going to work out? And how is he going to deliver on double the emissions reductions already committed to by the government—double what we have agreed to in Paris? And they have no plan whatsoever to maintain the stability or the affordability of our energy system. We cannot let that unreliability, that unaffordability, that threat to jobs, that threat to business, that threat to families, go right across Australia. That is Labor's promise if they were to be elected to government.