Labor commitment to RET good first step but return to bipartisan support needed
Both major political parties should keep their pre-election promises to maintain the Renewable Energy Target says solar consumer advocacy group Solar Citizens.
“While Solar Citizens welcomes today’s media reports of Labor’s commitment to the rooftop solar scheme, what Australia really needs is a bipartisan agreement to keep the Target strong,” said Solar Citizens Campaigns Director Claire O’Rourke.
“Solar users around Australia will hold the Coalition to their pre-election promise that there would be no cuts to the Target.
“Eighty-two per cent of Australians want to keep the Target strong - any attempt to weaken it will come at a political cost to the major parties.
“Even the government’s controversial Warburton review of the Target found that keeping the Target at current levels would drive down power prices in the long-term. Why wind back a scheme that is decreasing costs to Australian households?
“The major political parties should follow Palmer United Party’s lead and return to bipartisan support for keeping the Target.
“Australians love solar. It helps them take control of their power bills, which is why 1.3 million households have installed solar power.
“Instead of breaking election promises by attacking the RET, the major political parties need to return to bipartisan support for the Target and immediately rule out any changes.”
Claire O’Rourke is available for comment. For more information contact Holly Crocket on 0413 343 329