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Liberals Mislead Tasmanians over TEELS Scheme

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

In Budget Estimates today, the Energy Minister confirmed the Westpac credit card scheme the Liberals have fraudulently badged as a cost of living measure won't cost the government a cent.

After initially falsely claiming the $10 million energy efficiency 'loan scheme' was in the Budget papers, the red-faced Minister tried to claim the costs were 'administrative' costs borne by Aurora. 

When we exposed that as a false claim, the Secretary of State Growth clarified that the $10 million is Westpac's money.

Real Cost of Living Relief in Greens' Alternative Budget

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

The Tasmanian Greens will continue the roll out of free energy efficiency upgrades to low income households and small businesses, delivering lasting cost of living relief to Tasmanians.

We will also invest in a comprehensive domestic water efficiency roll out to ensure water wastage is minimised and households are only paying for the water they need to use.

Westpac's Return on Investment for Donations to Tasmanian Liberals?

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

The Hodgman Government cannot be taken seriously on energy efficiency.

Having scrapped the Labor Green Government's large scale, free, energy efficiency scheme for households, community groups and small business, the Liberals have instead adopted a Harvey Norman style credit scheme to be run by Westpac.

All that is missing are the noisy advertisements, but the principles are identical.

Liberals' Energy Inaction Costing Tasmania Millions

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Energy spokesperson

Tasmania has a massive renewable energy generation deficit that is costing a fortune.  The Liberals’ refusal to drive investment in new renewables cost Tasmania an estimated $15 million this January alone.*

Through January, nearly half of the State’s electricity was imported over Basslink, or generated by the costly Tamar Valley Power Station.

Groom's Renewable Energy Failure

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Energy spokesperson

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.

It would be a threat to Tasmania's future energy security if we rush headlong into a second Basslink interconnector without first making sure we are self-sufficient.

"What Can We Do, Minister?"

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Energy spokesperson

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.

We know very well we're in the midst of a crisis, but no one is really sure if it's okay to switch on their heaters as the weather gets colder.

There are simple, low cost solutions like sealing up houses, and turning down hot-water cylinder and heater thermostats, that will help use less power and save money.

Greens Budget Alternative for those the Liberals forgot

Nick McKim MP | Greens Treasury spokesperson

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Health and Human Services spokesperson 

 

Last week’s Liberal state Budget lacked compassion and courage. It offered nothing for small business in Tasmania, which is the engine room of the Tasmanian economy, and did not put one extra dollar into public housing despite waiting lists blowing out by over 40% since the Liberals came to office.

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