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Basslink Report Shows Public Ownership Needed

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 20 Dec 2017

Basslink should be publicly owned

Media Release - Now is the time for the state and federal governments to commence negotiations with Keppel Holding Trust to buy the Basslink cable and take control over this essential power asset.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 27 Nov 2017

Basslink 2.0 Business Case $20M Madness

Media Release - The Commonwealth report into the feasibility of a second Basslink, published earlier this year, was adamant it would be a lame duck project. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 24 Nov 2017

COAG Must Consider Public Ownership of Basslink

Media Release - As State, Territory and Federal Ministers for Energy converge on Hobart tomorrow, Minister Barnett should formally open a conversation about nationalising the Basslink cable.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 23 Nov 2017

We still don't know how much the Basslink crisis cost us

Media Release - Almost two years after it began, the public still doesn’t know how much money the Basslink crisis cost Tasmanians. Basslink lost at least $40 million due to the rupture of the cable, while its only customer, Hydro Tasmania, spent tens of...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 13 Oct 2017

PAC Report Silent on Threats to Energy Security

Media Release - The Public Accounts Committee’s Financial Position and Performance of Government Owned Energy Entities report, tabled in the Tasmanian Parliament today, is underwhelming.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 15 Aug 2017

State Budget a Wasted Energy Opportunity

Media Release - The Liberals’ Budget confetti doesn’t contain a single item that would secure Tasmania’s energy supply, or permanently drive down energy prices for ordinary Tasmanians.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 26 May 2017

Energy Security Taskforce Points Finger At Government

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Energy spokespersonThe Interim Report of Tasmania’s Energy Security Taskforce found that Tasmania needs more on-island renewables, and the Tasmanian Government is wholly responsible for our energy security.

- 21 Dec 2016

Tasmanians Lose Out On Power Bills

Media Release - The Australian Energy Market Commission '2016 Residential Electricity Price Trends' reported the large decreases in TasNetworks' charges will be wiped out by increases in wholesale electricity costs.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 15 Dec 2016

Tenuous Business Case for Second Basslink

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Energy spokespersonThe Australian Energy Markets Operator concluded that without significant investment in new renewables in Tasmania, the case for a second Basslink interconnector would only be marginally...

- 12 Dec 2016

Finkel Energy Review Identifies Threat to Tasmania

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Energy spokespersonA major national energy report has identified Tasmania as one of two states that are highly exposed and the biggest threat to Australia’s energy security and reliability.  It highlighted...

- 9 Dec 2016

Groom's Renewable Energy Failure

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Energy spokespersonAt today’s Government Business scrutiny committee, Minister for Energy, Matthew Groom, showed no sign he has any clear plan to lift Tasmania beyond current inadequate levels of renewable...

- 8 Dec 2016

Basslink Break Uncertainty Highlights Need for On-Island Renewables

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Energy spokespersonThe energy crisis exposed Tasmania’s vulnerability to cuts to our electricity supply, and the State's increasing dependence on dirty coal-fired power from the mainland. 

- 5 Dec 2016

Groom Silent as Basslink Finances Fail

Media Release - Basslink's third quarter financial report has painted an alarming picture of the state of their finances.  There's a real risk Basslink may go into liquidation, and the costs of the energy crisis to Tasmanians becomes even more unknown.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 19 Oct 2016

Second Basslink Rationale Back the Front

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokespersonAhead of tomorrow's COAG Energy Committee meeting, Matthew Groom implied further investment in renewable energy projects can't happen without a second Basslink interconnector.  He's got...

- 6 Oct 2016

Second Basslink a COAG Distraction

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokespersonThe Minister for Energy, Matthew Groom will be begging for funding for a second Bass Strait power interconnector at the COAG Energy Committee this week, with complete disregard for the advice...

- 5 Oct 2016

Goanna Energy Submission an Indictment on Groom

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokespersonGoanna Energy's submission to the Tasmanian Energy Security Taskforce is an indictment on Energy Minister, Matthew Groom.  

- 20 Sep 2016

Government Needs Long-term Vision for Renewable Energy

Parliamentary Activity - Wednesday 17 August 2016Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Notes the damage to the Basslink cable and the drought conditions exposed Tasmania’s dependence on dirty coal-fired electricity from the mainland, and the...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 17 Aug 2016

Warwick Smith Departure Should Prompt Rethink on Second Basslink

Parliamentary Activity - Tuesday 16 August 2016Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 16 Aug 2016

Energy Minister Groom Should Learn From His Mistakes

Parliamentary Activity - Tuesday 14 June 2016Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—That the House:—(1)           Acknowledges that a lack of forward planning by the Minister for Energy, Hon Matthew Groom MP plunged Tasmania into an expensive energy crisis that all...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 14 Jun 2016

Groom Learnt Nothing About Energy Risk

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokespersonAt Budget Estimates today, Energy Minister, Matthew Groom, revealed he has no contingency in place if Keppel Holdings, the parent company of Basslink, decides to walk away from the undersea...

- 8 Jun 2016

Groom Suns Himself During Energy Crisis

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderState Growth Minister, Matthew Groom, had egg on his face in Budget Estimates today after Right to Information documents obtained by the Greens confirmed he went on holiday three days after Basslink broke.

- 8 Jun 2016

Liberals See Tasmania's Wilderness Only For its Economic Value

Parliamentary Activity - Wednesday 4 May 2016Ms O'CONNOR question to MINISTER for ENVIRONMENT, PARKS and HERITAGE, Mr GROOM[10.28 a.m.]

Cassy O'Connor MP - 4 May 2016

Call for Energy Saving Strategies

Parliamentary Activity - NOTICE OF MOTIONTUESDAY 3 MAY 2016Rosalie Woodruff MP on tomorrow to move -That this house:1.     Notes that Hydro storages have increased for the first time since the Basslink cable broke.2.     Understands that we are still a long way...

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 3 May 2016

Premier Determined to See Second Basslink Cable

Parliamentary Activity - Tuesday 3 May 2016Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN [10.10 a.m.]

Cassy O'Connor MP - 3 May 2016

Renewable Investment, Not Second Basslink

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson

- 29 Apr 2016

"What Can We Do, Minister?"

Media Release - Many Tasmanians are concerned and confused by about the mixed messages they’re getting from the government about the energy crisis, and what their role is.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 29 Mar 2016

Groom Failed to Prepare for "Super" Drought

Media Release - The Minister for Energy, Matthew Groom, has seriously mismanaged obvious risks in his energy portfolio. This was demonstrated once more in Parliament this morning when he revealed his complete inability to plan for the future.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 15 Mar 2016

Liberals Let Down Internet Reliant Small Business

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens IT and Innovation spokespersonThe Minister for IT and Innovation told Tasmanians in January he'd been advised that "data and voice traffic currently carried on the Basslink fibre will not be lost during repairs".

- 15 Mar 2016

Internet Services Down, Minister Says 'Contact ISPs'

Media Release - With the fibre optic cable on Basslink now out of service, iiNet and Westnet customers no longer have full service, and Tasmanians are understandably upset.

Andrea Dawkins - 12 Mar 2016

Greens Are Focussed on the Key Issues

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderThe Hodgman Liberals are desperately trying to deflect from Matthew Groom's woeful performance as Minister for Energy.The Greens have spent the past week in Parliament focused on the single most important...

- 11 Mar 2016

Time to Improve Undersea Fibre Connection

Media Release - Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Information Technology and Innovation spokespersonDespite what the government told us, it now seems we're getting ready for potential, and serious, outages as the internet service providers move over to Telstra...

- 11 Mar 2016

12 Month Energy Talkfest Straight from 'Yes Minister'

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokespersonA 12 month talkfest is not what Tasmania needs in the middle of an energy crisis. We need action and leadership and we need it now.

- 9 Mar 2016

Groom's Basslink Prayers Not Enough

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokespersonBasslink has indicated it still doesn't know what the interconnector cable fault is. Although the company hopes it will be finished by late May, it can't be definite until it's done further...

- 8 Mar 2016

Groom's Expensive Basslink Bandaid

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokespersonToday's Basslink update makes it clear we still don't know where the fault in the cable is located, how long it will take to fix, and even if it can be fixed at all.Minister Groom’s only plan...

- 25 Feb 2016

Groom Should Be Honest About Energy Crisis

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokespersonThe cost to the Tasmanian community for burning 200MW of dirty diesel will be enormous, in terms of generation costs that can't be recovered as well as the massive greenhouse gas emissions....

- 22 Feb 2016

Premier Misses Opportunity to Replace Groom

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderThe Premier has missed a golden opportunity to place the Energy portfolio in the hands of a competent Minister in this time of energy crisis.Matthew Groom has demonstrated beyond doubt that he is not up to...

- 18 Feb 2016

Treasurer Wants Tasmanians to Believe He's a Magician

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Treasury spokespersonThe Treasurer, Peter Gutwein, is being dishonest with Tasmanians about the State's budget outlook.  Either that, or he genuinely believes he is a magician.

- 14 Feb 2016

On-Island Renewables Before Second Basslink

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokespersonPremier Hodgman’s decision to beg his federal colleagues to install a second Bass Strait cable shows he hasn’t learnt anything in the last six weeks.The Premier wants to lock us into a future...

- 11 Feb 2016

Greens Energy Vision Needed

Media Release - Today the Tasmanian Greens released the final parts of our Energy Strategy for a renewable and secure energy supply, a blueprint for self-sufficiency and clean electricity.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 10 Feb 2016

Bell Bay Aluminium Comes to Groom's Temporary Rescue

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and State Prosperity spokespersonWhile Energy Minister Matthew Groom continues to pray for rain, Bell Bay Aluminium has come to his temporary rescue with a plan to reduce the plant’s energy consumption by...

- 4 Feb 2016

Where is the Premier in Tasmania's Time of Crisis?

Media Release - Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens LeaderTasmania is burning and we have an unfolding energy crisis, yet the Premier is nowhere to be seen. These are the times when people need their leaders to lead.

- 28 Jan 2016

Energy Response Needed Now

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokespersonThe government needs to be clear about what their plan is for Tasmania in the current energy predicament.

- 27 Jan 2016

Renewables Investment Needed Now

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokespersonThe government have told us the Basslink cable might not be operational until March 19 and our dam levels could fall to as low as 14%. If true, this will be 88 days without Basslink...

- 14 Jan 2016

Storage Levels Stress Need For Renewables

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokespersonThe damage to the Basslink cable has exposed Tasmania’s increasing dependence on dirty coal-fired power from the mainland and resulting vulnerability to cuts to our electricity supply....

- 11 Jan 2016

Basslink Wake-up Call

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokespersonThe Basslink fault is a wake-up call for the government. It shows just how reliant we’ve become on importing coal-fired power from Victoria, and how vulnerable we are because of it.

- 23 Dec 2015

Basslink Failure Highlights Need for Investment in Renewables

Media Release - Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokespersonThe damage to the Basslink cable is a timely reminder that Tasmanians are still vulnerable to cuts to our electricity supply.The best way to make our electricity supply secure is to increase...

- 22 Dec 2015

Liberals Ignore Renewable Energy

Media Release - The Energy Minister is blind to the potential of the renewable energy sector in Tasmania and has no long-term plan to support investment by Aurora's solar customers.

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 2 Dec 2015