Bernardi’s coal- fired up about NQ power
COAL has as big a future now as it has in the past, according to Australian Conservatives leader Senator Cory Bernardi.
The party founder was in Townsville yesterday as part of his Bernardi Queensland Tour and gave a speech at the North Queensland Club.
It comes after the party was registered in Victoria this week.
Speaking to the Bulletin yesterday, Mr Bernardi said zeroemissions targets were nonsensical, blaming all of Australia’s electricity problems on government policies.
“Bring it ( coal) on,” he said. “We can ship the coal to India but we can’t burn it ourselves; it’s nonsensical.” Mr Bernardi, who conceded he did not know how the Conservatives would “play out” in Townsville, said many national issues were discussed on his visit, including energy and water.
“Australians deserve the cheapest and most reliable electricity in the world,” he said. “If you want to build a coal- fired power station, governments should give you an assurance that the terms under which you’ve built it are not going to change.
“This is an ideology ( climate change) that’s foisted upon us by unelected, bureaucratic, international organisations.
“It’s some sort of guilt trip ( that) we’re stealing from the future. I think that’s crap.
“We’re not only hurting the people of today but you’re not going to have jobs in the future.”
Senator Bernardi said Australia paid too much attention to what non- government bodies such as the UN and environmental groups preached.
“The time will come when renewable energy will stack up,” he said. “If it stacks up literally – economically – let them build it.”
Senator Bernardi said people in Townsville wanted to restore “integrity to the system”.
“They’re thinking ‘ what’s happening to this great country’,” he said. “They think it’s been diminished. We think free enterprise is important, civil society is important and we think the Government should be limited in their scope.”