Protesters target MP

Protesters outside the federal member for Stirling Michael Keenan's electorate office [NAMES OK]
Protesters outside the federal member for Stirling Michael Keenan's electorate office [NAMES OK]

Tom Webster, from the Stirling Climate Action Group, said the recent Government-commissioned Warburton Review of the RET was an attack on the solar and wind energy industries.

‘We would like the Liberal party to not cut back the RET because it’s providing 18,000 jobs and investment of $14 billion up to 2010 and it’s dramatically reducing CO2 emissions,’ Mr Webster said.

‘We’re all doing our own electorate, our own MPs and we’re saying ‘hey guys, we need to get action taken on this, don’t destroy the RET; we need it, Australia needs it and we need the investment in jobs’.’

Protester Mary O’Byrne said it would be a contradiction for the Government to scrap the RET and the industries it supports.

‘This is supposed to be an entrepreneurial government, it’s supposed to be looking after industry, they shouldn’t be destroying them,’ she said.

Mr Keenan said the Federal Government was considering the report, which suggested scrapping the target, and reiterated it was an independent review.

‘We understand that the upward pressure on prices from the RET is problematic for some industries such as aluminium,’ he said.

‘This is a report to Government, not a report by the Government.’