The Senate has supported a motion endorsing South Australia’s renewable energy target, despite efforts from the Turnbull government to talk it down.
“The Senate has endorsed South Australia’s renewable energy target and the growth of wind and solar in our state,” Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.
“The fact that the government voted against this motion tells you all you need to know about their contempt for jobs and renewable energy in South Australia.
“This is an industry that has brought thousands of jobs to our state and helped South Australia to lead the nation in tackling dangerous global warming.
“Our state deserves better than to be used as a political plaything of the conservative Turnbull government in their ongoing war against renewable energy.”
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Full text of the motion, as opposed by the government and passed by the Senate:
Senator Hanson-Young: moves that the Senate;
(a) notes the large storm that lashed South Australia on 28 and 29 September 2016;
(b) acknowledges the incredible effort of hundreds of emergency services personnel and volunteers who responded to the storm damage under very difficult circumstances; and
(c) expresses support for the renewable energy industry in South Australia and endorses South Australia’s strong renewable energy target.