Posted on 29. May, 2014 in Greening Victoria

Denis Napthine isn’t speaking up against the Abbott Government’s widely expected cut to the job-creating Renewable Energy Target (RET).

More than a dozen wind farm projects have been put on hold while the future of the RET is in doubt. 6379 jobs are at risk, including 700 jobs in Mr Napthine’s electorate alone.

Governments across the country have demanded the RET be retained, including Tasmanian Liberal Premier Will Hodgman and NSW Liberal Premier Mike Baird.

Quotes attributable to Ms D’Ambrosio:

“Only Tony Abbott and Denis Napthine oppose the wind energy industry that supports thousands of jobs across Victoria.”

“Denis Napthine won’t speak up, because he puts Liberals first and Victorian jobs last.”

“How many more industries need to collapse under Denis Napthine’s watch before he finally releases a jobs plan?”

Key Facts

• Recent analysis by Labor showed that at least 13 companies had Victorian projects on hold, along with 6379 jobs.
• The Federal Government has commissioned a review into the RET, as part of the Energy white paper process, which is now due to be handed down by mid-year.
• The Federal Budget foreshadowed an $800 million cut from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

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