Frecklington stands by power plan
QUEENSLAND LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has rejected suggestions she has softened a policy to mandate investment in renewables by Queensland’s energy behemoths after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull rejected moves to favour one technology over another.
Mr Turnbull used his Press Club address in Brisbane on Wednesday to say there should not be mandated renewable energy targets.
“As I said in Paris in 2015, it is innovation and technology which will drive stronger growth and a cleaner environment, not heavy-handed taxes or the force-feeding of one technology or another,” he said.
The State Opposition Leader was quizzed on Mr Turnbull’s comments yesterday but insisted they were on the same page. She said the mandate was to allow government-owned corporations to invest in renewables if it was financially viable, rather than forcing them.
“He is right, what we need to see is that we need to be technology agnostic, the Prime Minister has made that very clear,” Ms Frecklington said.
“The LNP’s policy is allowing government-owned corporations to invest in renewables when it is economically viable to do so – we need to make sure these organisations are able to invest in a mix.”