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Basslink Report Shows Public Ownership Needed

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Tags: Energy Security, Basslink

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens’ Energy spokesperson

News today confirms that the Basslink failure was due to Basslink Pty Ltd operating the cable above safe use thresholds.

This adds weight to the case for public ownership of the asset.

Private ownership of the cable has meant it has taken two years for the public to find out what caused the failure. We cannot afford to be left in the dark over crucial matters of energy security again.

Bringing Basslink into public ownership would increase our control over energy security, and remove the hidden subsidies Tasmanians pay to corporate executives and company shareholders.

Importantly, it would also ensure more transparency around its future operation.