LABOR’S RENEWABLE ENERGY COMMITMENT

THE HON MARK BUTLER MP.
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LABOR’S RENEWABLE ENERGY COMMITMENT
THE HON MARK BUTLER MP
New data today from The Australia Institute shows under Labor’s plan to transition Australia’s ageing and unreliable energy fleet to clean, cheap, reliable renewable energy will see up to 70,000 good jobs created for Australians in construction, installation, operation and maintenance of renewable energy; with up to 60,000 of those jobs being new jobs in construction and installation.

Only Labor has a plan to support Australian workers with good, new jobs that will benefit our regions, secure our energy future and put downward pressure on power prices.

The data indicates over the decade to 2030 there are far more jobs in building new renewable generation than there currently are in operating our ageing fossil fuel generators.

Australia Institute Rod Campbell says “With strong targets, stable energy policy and support for manufacturing. Australia can clean up its energy sector and generate substantial employment opportunities.

“A large proportion of the jobs being created in renewable energy are outside of the major city centres, which has the potential to give regional Australia a much-needed boost.”
 
But Scott Morrison’s out of touch Liberals’ only energy plan is to spend billions of taxpayers’ dollars on uninvestable and expensive new coal-fired power stations, which will continue to drive up power prices and pollution and not secure the jobs of the future.
 
Australian workers will be worse off under the out of touch Morrison Government.
 
Under Labor’s Fair Go Action Plan, a Shorten Labor Government will invest in cheaper, cleaner energy and deliver 50 per cent of power from renewables by 2030.