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Warwick Smith Departure Should Prompt Rethink on Second Basslink

Rosalie Woodruff MP

Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Tags: Energy, Basslink, Renewable Energy

That the House:—

(1)           Recognises that Warwick Smith’s sudden resignation from the viability study of a second Basslink cable should prompt an urgent rethink of the proposal.

(2)           Understands that Mr Smith’s departure halfway through a study into the second interconnector gives the Liberal Government an opportunity to reconsider its approach.

(3)           Calls on the Liberal Government to take off the blinkers and look at all options rather than limiting their thinking to old solutions that have failed Tasmania in the past, that will not be built for over ten years, and will cost over one billion dollars.

(4)           Notes that renewable energy experts, major industrial companies and eminent academics have all raised concerns about a second interconnector in recent months.

(5)           Further understands the first Basslink reduced Tasmania’s energy self-sufficiency, and that a second cable will compound the problem, provide another expensive lifeline to dirty coal-fired power stations in the Latrobe Valley, tarnishing our clean green brand and increase electricity prices for Tasmanians. 

(6)           Further calls on the Government to prioritise making Tasmania 100 per cent energy self-sufficient, regardless of rainfall, by 2022 through adopting strong renewable energy targets and actions set out in the Tasmanian Greens Energy Strategy.