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Basslink Report Shows Public Ownership Needed

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Dec 2017

Basslink should be publicly owned

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  |  Media Release  |  27 Nov 2017

Basslink 2.0 Business Case $20M Madness

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  |  Media Release  |  24 Nov 2017

COAG Must Consider Public Ownership of Basslink

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  |  Media Release  |  23 Nov 2017

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

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  |  Media Release  |  13 Oct 2017

PAC Report Silent on Threats to Energy Security

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  |  Media Release  |  15 Aug 2017

State Budget a Wasted Energy Opportunity

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  |  Media Release  |  26 May 2017

Energy Security Taskforce Points Finger At Government

The 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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Dec 2016

Tasmanians Lose Out On Power Bills

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  |  Media Release  |  15 Dec 2016

Tenuous Business Case for Second Basslink

The 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 economic.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Dec 2016

Finkel Energy Review Identifies Threat to Tasmania

A 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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Dec 2016

Groom's Renewable Energy Failure

At 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 energy generation.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Dec 2016

Basslink Break Uncertainty Highlights Need for On-Island Renewables

The 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. 

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Dec 2016

Groom Silent as Basslink Finances Fail

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  |  Media Release  |  19 Oct 2016

Second Basslink Rationale Back the Front

Ahead of tomorrow's COAG Energy Committee meeting, Matthew Groom implied further investment in renewable energy projects can't happen without a second Basslink interconnector.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  6 Oct 2016

Second Basslink a COAG Distraction

The 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 of industry experts, scientists and economists.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  5 Oct 2016

Goanna Energy Submission an Indictment on Groom

Goanna Energy's submission to the Tasmanian Energy Security Taskforce is an indictment on Energy Minister, Matthew Groom.  

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Sep 2016

Government Needs Long-term Vision for Renewable Energy

The damage to the Basslink cable and the drought conditions have exposed Tasmania’s dependence on dirty coal-fired electricity from the mainland.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Aug 2016

Warwick Smith Departure Should Prompt Rethink on Second Basslink

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  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Aug 2016

Energy Minister Groom Should Learn From His Mistakes

A lack of forward planning by the Minister for Energy, Hon Matthew Groom MP plunged Tasmania into an expensive energy crisis that all Tasmanians will pay for.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  14 Jun 2016

Groom Learnt Nothing About Energy Risk

At 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 cable.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Jun 2016

Groom Suns Himself During Energy Crisis

State 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.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Jun 2016

Liberals See Tasmania's Wilderness Only For its Economic Value

The budget papers show a massive cut to Commonwealth funding for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  4 May 2016

Call for Energy Saving Strategies

Hydro storages have increased for the first time since the Basslink cable broke.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 May 2016

Premier Determined to See Second Basslink Cable

Tasmanians are angry that Basslink became the vehicle for running our dams down to record lows and into crisis.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 May 2016

Renewable Investment, Not Second Basslink

The assertion by the Premier that a second Basslink would be funded by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation is almost laughable.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Apr 2016

"What Can We Do, Minister?"

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  |  Media Release  |  29 Mar 2016

Groom Failed to Prepare for "Super" Drought

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  |  Media Release  |  15 Mar 2016

Liberals Let Down Internet Reliant Small Business

The 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".

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  15 Mar 2016

Internet Services Down, Minister Says 'Contact ISPs'

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  |  Media Release  |  12 Mar 2016

Greens Are Focussed on the Key Issues

The Hodgman Liberals are desperately trying to deflect from Matthew Groom's woeful performance as Minister for Energy.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Mar 2016

Time to Improve Undersea Fibre Connection

Despite 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 cables.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  11 Mar 2016

12 Month Energy Talkfest Straight from 'Yes Minister'

A 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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Mar 2016

Groom's Basslink Prayers Not Enough

Basslink 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 analysis.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Mar 2016

Groom's Expensive Basslink Bandaid

Today'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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Feb 2016

Groom Should Be Honest About Energy Crisis

The 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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Feb 2016

Premier Misses Opportunity to Replace Groom

The Premier has missed a golden opportunity to place the Energy portfolio in the hands of a competent Minister in this time of energy crisis.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Feb 2016

Treasurer Wants Tasmanians to Believe He's a Magician

The Treasurer, Peter Gutwein, is being dishonest with Tasmanians about the State's budget outlook.  Either that, or he genuinely believes he is a magician.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Feb 2016

On-Island Renewables Before Second Basslink

Premier 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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Feb 2016

Greens Energy Vision Needed

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  |  Media Release  |  10 Feb 2016

Bell Bay Aluminium Comes to Groom's Temporary Rescue

While 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 10% over the next four to five months.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Feb 2016

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

Tasmania 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.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Jan 2016

Energy Response Needed Now

The government needs to be clear about what their plan is for Tasmania in the current energy predicament.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Jan 2016

Renewables Investment Needed Now

The 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 operational, which is a disturbing increase from the...

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Jan 2016

Storage Levels Stress Need For Renewables

The 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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Jan 2016

Basslink Wake-up Call

The 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.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  23 Dec 2015

Basslink Failure Highlights Need for Investment in Renewables

The damage to the Basslink cable is a timely reminder that Tasmanians are still vulnerable to cuts to our electricity supply.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Dec 2015

Liberals Ignore Renewable Energy

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  |  Media Release  |  2 Dec 2015

Second Basslink Madness

A second Basslink cable is a fools pipe dream which risks taxpayer money and higher power prices for local consumers.

Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  17 May 2015