PM plans shock with price scare cam­paign

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS - STEVEN SCOTT

TONY Ab­bott is plan­ning to re-run his suc­cess­ful anti-car­bon tax cam­paign at the next elec­tion by warn­ing that La­bor’s plans for re­new­able energy and emis­sions trad­ing will drive up power prices.

Mr Ab­bott la­belled La­bor’s planned emis­sions trad­ing scheme an “elec­tric­ity tax scam”.

“The ETS that La­bor keeps talk­ing about might as well be called an elec­tric­ity tax scam, be­cause that’s what it is, an elec­tric­ity tax scam that will be scam­ming the con­sumers of Aus­tralia for years and years and decades and decades,” Mr Ab­bott said.

The Prime Min­is­ter pre­dicted it could cost “$60 bil­lion or more” to meet La­bor’s plan for half of Aus­tralia’s power to come from re­new­able sources by 2030.

He said the “bizarre de­ci­sion” on re­new­able energy by the ALP con­fer­ence would lead to a “mas­sive over­build of wind farms, all of which has to be paid for by the con­sumers”.

This was dis­missed by the Op­po­si­tion and re­new­able energy ad­vo­cates.

La­bor strate­gists be­lieve they can win votes from the Coali­tion with their plans for in­creased green energy be­cause they can por­tray Mr Ab­bott as stuck in the past.

Bill Shorten hit back. “The Prime Min­is­ter just makes up num­bers to scare peo­ple. He has no ev­i­dence or science,” he said.

The Op­po­si­tion will ap­peal to con­sumers by ar­gu­ing power prices will fall if there is more wide­spread use of so­lar and wind energy.

But some in La­bor are still wary of cam­paign­ing on cli­mate change be­cause of the bruis­ing they re­ceived af­ter Ju­lia Gil­lard in­tro­duced a car­bon tax.

Mr Shorten also ad­mit­ted his plans for 50 per cent of power from re­new­able energy would only work if both sides of pol­i­tics backed it.

Mr Ab­bott brushed off di­vi­sions in his own Gov­ern­ment about re­new­able energy af­ter back­bencher Sarah Hen­der­son called for the Prime Min­is­ter to dump his plan to end sub­si­dies for new wind power projects.

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