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Deceptive Coalition boasts about RET while wrecking renewable energy jobs

Media Release
Christine Milne 12 Dec 2014

With news today that RET uncertainty has forced Meridian Energy Australia to abandon its Burdekin Hydro project in Northern Queensland, Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne, who is in Lima, says the Abbott government's duplicity has been exposed.

"Julie Bishop is over here in Lima bragging about ARENA and the Renewable Energy Target, but even as she speaks her government's attack on the RET is damaging jobs, investment, and efforts to cut pollution," said Senator Milne.

"It's such an outrageous deception, to say one thing to the UN, while doing the exact opposite at home.

"The Abbott government is actively working to stop action on global warming, and unfortunately for renewable energy workers, for people who want lower power prices, and for anyone who wants clean air to breathe, they're having some success.

"This hydro project near Townsville is just the latest to suffer because of uncertainty around the RET, and that's before any dirty deal has been done on not if, but how much, they'll cut the target.

"When the French and German leaders were in Australia, Tony Abbott bragged about the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, leaving out the fact that his government has promised to abolish it. Now Julie Bishop is using the RET to give the impression her government cares about stopping global warming, when actually they care about stopping action on global warming.

"This backward-thinking Coalition will be patting itself on the back for destroying a hydro project that would have threatened the business models of their fossil fuel mates.

"I will be telling everyone here in Lima that as long as the Abbott government is in charge, Australia can't be trusted to deliver action on global warming, or even a truthful speech," said Senator Milne.

"The Coalition has to abandon its attack on the RET. With the damage they've already done to the sector, it's more important than ever that the target is kept at 41,000gwh by 2020. We're going to need every ounce of ambition and investor confidence we can muster to reach it."

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