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Howard scores a D-Minus on energy policy.

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Joel Fitzgibbon MP

22 April 2004

Member for Hunter Shadow Minister for Mining, Energy and Forestry

Howard Scores a D-Minus on Energy Policy

The Howard Government’s complete refusal or inability to produce a national energy policy has prompted four major energy peak bodies to issue their first ever joint media release.

A recent statement by the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, the Australian Coal Association, Australian Pipeline Industry Association and the Energy Supply Association of Australia, highlights the frustration felt within Australia’s energy sector over Howard Government inaction.

Looming crises in generation and transmission capacity, energy self-sufficiency, energy prices, and a failure to seriously tackle global warming is driving down confidence in the sector.

In eight years the Government has produced no national energy policy and no strategic view of the issues. It has turned its back on the Kyoto Protocol and a world of new market opportunities in emission reduction.

The development of Australia’s energy infrastructure typically involves timeframes considerably longer than the term of any government. So we need to plan now for the future if we want our energy supplies to be secure and reliable, clean and greenhouse-efficient, and affordable and competitive.

It is folly to have faith that global corporations will look after Australia’s national interest. That is not their role - but it is the role of the Federal Government. Only a Labor Government will put the national interest front and centre in terms

of Australia’s energy policy.

Contact: Tracey Winters 0408 421 447 Joel Fitzgibbon 0418 293 372