Ab­bott’s attack costs jobs

Central and North Burnett Times - - VOICE OF THE BURNETT -

NEW Aus­tralian Bureau of Statis­tics data shows the Ab­bott gov­ern­ment’s attack on re­new­able en­ergy has cost the coun­try 2500 jobs since 2011-12.

The find­ings put the gov­ern­ment’s track record on job cre­ation in the spot­light.

Some will now view Prime Min­is­ter Ab­bott’s 2013 elec­tion prom­ise to cre­ate two mil­lion new jobs as empty rhetoric.

If the Coali­tion was se­ri­ous about jobs in Australia, they would start sup­port­ing the re­new­able en­ergy in­dus­try in­stead of at­tack­ing it.

It’s time for the Ab­bott gov­ern­ment to come to an agree­ment on the Re­new­able En­ergy Tar­get. Fail­ure to do so will re­sult in more job losses and fur­ther dam­age to our econ­omy.

Leigh Ew­bank, Friends of the Earth’s re­new­able en­ergy co-or­di­na­tor

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