Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says the Renewable Energy Target has been a major contributor to cutting pollution and energy costs, and must not be scaled down or abandoned.
"Tony Abbott wants to destroy jobs, destroy investment and make power more expensive for consumers all because he wants to protect the old coal-fired generators and gas companies," said Senator Milne.
"Tony Abbott's mates in the big end of town, in the coal industry in particular, can't cope with the competition from renewable energy.
"There are 18,000 people employed in the solar industry across Australia. What are they supposed to think when Tony Abbott tells them that their job isn't worth it compared to jobs in coal-fired generation? One of the only bright spots in Australia on climate policy is the Renewable Energy Target.
"This country is not open for business under Tony Abbott. It is only open to the fossil fuels business. Anyone interested in innovation and investing in clean energy has no hope under this government."