Abbott has energy as top tip for Nicholls
FORMER prime minister Tony Abbott has urged Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls to fight the state election on power prices, energy and coalfired power stations.
The contentious issue gives a “clear choice” to voters as debate rages over renewables and coal power, according to Mr Abbott.
Mr Abbott said Mr Nicholls should stay focused on power, cost of living and keeping the lights on as the state inches towards the polls.
“The great thing is that there is a very clear distinction between the LNP and the Labor Party when it comes to energy,” he said.
“Labor is committed to a 50 per cent renewable energy target which will put prices through the roof and drive industry and jobs out of Queensland.
“The LNP is committed to the coal industry and the most practical form that commitment can take is to get cracking on a new baseload, coalfired power station.”
Mr Nicholls said he and Mr Abbott both rejected Labor’s “crazy 50 per cent renewable energy target”.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk uses power as a hidden tax which means Queenslanders aren’t getting ahead,” he said.
Acting Premier Curtis Pitt said Mr Abbott had avoided Queensland while he was prime minister during the 2015 state election campaign.
“Tony Abbott in a Queensland election campaign, yes please,” he said.
“Abbott urged Campbell Newman and Tim Nicholls to sell Queensland’s coal-fired power stations.
“Queensland has the most secure electricity because we have coal, gas and renewables.”
Mr Abbott, whose travel was being funded by taxpayers using his allowance as a former PM, was on the Gold Coast this week to speak at a Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce function.
He also attended a fundraiser for an LNP candidate in the upcoming state election and rallied supporters for the “No” campaign in the samesex marriage postal vote.