Freck­ling­ton stands by power plan

The Gympie Times - - NEWS -

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.”

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