The Saturday Paper

Shining a light on opportunit­ies

- – Ian Ossher, Dover Heights, NSW

It is prepostero­us that Resources and Northern Territory Minister Matt Canavan would publicly state on Sky News: “There is a whole, in my view, ignorant and ill-informed campaign against fossil fuels and mining more generally across our country, and that puts at great risk our wealth because so much of our wealth comes from our natural resources.” (Karen Middleton, “Final chapter in Adani loan deal”, June 24-30). Instead of dismissing Chief Scientist Alan Finkel’s clean energy target, Canavan should be running the numbers on what a $1 billion solar panel field will generate in Northern Territory sunshine (take off a couple of days for the occasional cyclone). This, too, is a natural resource, Matt, not to mention an incredible employment opportunit­y with manufactur­ing and technology benefits.

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