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Larissa Waters asks the government to come clean on their anti-wind deal

Speeches in Parliament
Larissa Waters 18 Jun 2015

Larissa Waters: Will the government confirm that it now has done a deal with the crossbench to further undermine the Renewable Energy Target?

Senator Birmingham: No.

Larissa Waters: Minister, your answer flies in the face of a letter on Minister Hunt's letter head just published on the Guardian website showing that the governemnt has agreed with the crossbench to undermine wind energy.

 

Larissa Waters: Minister, your answer flies in the face of a letter on Minister Hunt's letter head just published on the Guardian website showing that the government has agreed with the crossbench to undermine wind energy by imposing new planning restrictions, appointing a wind farm commission and acting on the recommendations of the anti-wind farm inquiry. Would you like to correct he record Minister that there is no deal?

Senator Birmingham: Thanks Senator Waters for the question. Senator Waters you invited me in the first instance to confirm whether there was a deal. The answer to that is no. Has the government been engaged in discussion with crossbenchers.. yes, yes those discussions have been happening.

Larissa Waters: The letter clearly establishes that you will deliver certain things in exchange for votes from the crossbench on native forests. Given your red tape reduction plan, how do you justify new red tape on an industry that has potential to generate clean energy, thousands of jobs and billions of dollars?

Read the Guardian article and see the government letter here.

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