Canning vote indicates the next Federal election could hinge on solar
Solar Citizens says the Canning by-election result overnight shows voters want a change from Tony Abbott’s attack on renewable energy and a return to bipartisan support for sensible solar and renewable energy policies.
Renewable energy emerged as a major election issue in the by-election, with Essential Report polling finding renewable energy was the third-most important issue for voters behind economy and jobs.
Almost two-thirds (64.9 per cent) of Canning voters support a 50 per cent renewable energy goal by 2030, with 9.9 per cent opposed to the goal adopted by the Labor Party in its National Platform.
“The results of the Canning by-election have put Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his government on notice - people love solar and renewable energy and will vote for parties that support it,” said Claire O’Rourke, National Director of Solar Citizens.
“Prime Minister Turnbull would do well to remember that in the top 15 most marginal federal electorates there are more solar homeowners than the number of votes needed to change the sitting member. Solar voters are set to be a game changer in marginal seats.
“Renewable energy allows people to take control of their household energy bills and generate their own clean energy.
“Renewable energy will also drive jobs and economic growth at a time when the mining boom is coming to an end in Canning, Western Australia and other parts of the world.
“It’s time for the Turnbull government to show leadership and invest in the innovation and new jobs of this solar revolution,” she said.
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