Build new plant or face black­outs, says Cana­van

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QUEENS­LAND LNP sen­a­tor Matt Cana­van is warn­ing North Queens­land could face elec­tric­ity black­outs un­less a new coal- fired power sta­tion is de­vel­oped in the re­gion.

The Min­is­ter for North­ern Aus­tralia last night chal­lenged the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment’s new act­ing En­ergy Min­is­ter, Trea­surer and Cairns MP Cur­tis Pitt, to re­verse what he de­scribed as La­bor’s “short­sighted ban” on coal­fired power.

“Queens­land’s La­bor Gov­ern­ment runs the risk of re­peat­ing the black­outs seen in South Aus­tralia be­cause of its lack of a plan for around- the- clock power in the North,” Sen­a­tor Cana­van said. “The Queens­land Gov­ern­ment’s po­si­tion doesn’t wash with the peo­ple of the North.

“It wants to ex­port our high qual­ity coal but won’t con­sider us­ing it here in ad­vanced coal- fired power sta­tions.”

Mr Pitt said Sen­a­tor Cana- van was try­ing to di­vert at­ten­tion and cover up the fail­ures of the Turn­bull Gov­ern­ment.

“We have the most se­cure power sys­tem in the na­tion. We have eight huge coal- fired gen­er­a­tors com­pris­ing over 8000 megawatts of ca­pac­ity, we don’t need a ninth,” he said.

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