Coal still part of the mix, says Shorten

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - MATTHEW KILLORAN

OP­PO­SI­TION Leader Bill Shorten has backed in coal ex­ports and power sta­tions, soft­en­ing La­bor’s stance, while urg­ing peo­ple to stop “dumb­ing down” the en­ergy de­bate to black and white.

In some of his strong­est lan­guage in the de­bate, Mr Shorten said he wanted to see more rooftop so­lar and bat­ter­ies in peo­ple’s homes un­der a La­bor Gov­ern­ment, but backed con­tin­u­ing the use and ex­port of coal.

“I want to force en­ergy prices down; the only way to do that is stop­ping this dumbed down de­bate.

“Are you for coal or against coal? Do you have coal tat­tooed on you or do you have ‘ stop Adani’ tat­tooed on you?

“I’m pro- re­new­ables, but yes, coal will be part of our en­ergy and ex­port mix go­ing for­ward.

“I want to see house­holds have more so­lar rooftops. I want to see more bat­ter­ies in house­holds and more bat­ter­ies in busi­ness.”

Ear­lier this month, Op­po­si­tion cli­mate change spokesman Pat Con­roy spoke about re­plac­ing ther­mal coal ex­ports with re­new­able en­ergy ex­ports.

But on Wed­nes­day, Op­po­si­tion en­ergy spokesman Mark But­ler, who has been one of the most vo­cal La­bor mem­bers op­posed to the Adani coal mine, said in an in­ter­view that he ac­cepted Aus­tralia would con­tinue ex­port­ing coal given the global de­mand.

“That’s the way in which the mar­ket works,” he said.

FOR COAL: Bill Shorten.

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