Some good news

THERE have been two recent announcements that give some hope that good sense is returning to the political scene in WA.

First was the announcement at its State Conference that WA Labor supports a moratorium on gas fracking in this State. Thanks to the Member for Gosnells, Chris Tallentire, and others who worked to bring this about.

This is great news, given the vast and expanding body of evidence about the damage fracking wreaks upon communities and the environment and, especially in WA, the devastating effect it would have on the State�s most precious resource � water.

In July, I wrote questioning the credibility of Dr Mike Nahan, Treasurer and Minister for Energy, over his claims for his Government�s support for renewable energy, which until recently, had been poor at best.

Therefore, the second good news story was when Dr Nahan announced his recognition of and support for the role cheap solar energy will play in meeting future electricity needs, displacing fossil fuel generators and the huge taxpayer-funded subsidies paid to support them.

I applaud Dr Nahan�s new vision, especially as he was once head of the Institute of Public Affairs, a body that still advises the Abbott Government to support and expand fossil fuel industries and to curtail the renewable energy sector, to the detriment of Australia and the environment.

I encourage Dr Nahan and his successors to plan for a strategic and just transition from fossil fuel to renewable electricity generation, so that those employed in fossil fuel industries are not disadvantaged or left behind while the State moves forward.

These are the kind of initiatives we expect good government to deliver.

JEFF WILSON, Gosnells.