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LABOR’S PLAN TO POWER MORE JOBS IN CQ

December 06, 2021

SENATOR MURRAY WATT
SHADOW MINISTER FOR NORTHERN AUSTRALIA
SHADOW MINISTER FOR QUEENSLAND RESOURCES
LABOR SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND

MATT BURNETT
LABOR CANDIDATE FOR FLYNN

 

LABOR’S PLAN TO POWER MORE JOBS IN CQ

Labor’s new Powering Australia plan will deliver more jobs, cheaper power and lower emissions in Central Queensland. 

This plan is built on harnessing the massive untapped reserves of renewable energy in Central Queensland, creating thousands of good, local jobs at the same time.

It will prioritise growth and investment in the regional industries that have served as Australia’s engine room for so long – energy, manufacturing and resources.

No wonder Labor’s plan is backed by the Business Council of Australia, which includes heavy industry, the Australian Industry Group, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

Modelling from one of Australia’s leading economic forecasters shows Labor’s plan will create more than 600,000 jobs by 2030, with 5 out of 6 of them created in regions like Central Queensland.

Our plan will cut power bills for families by $275 a year for homes by 2025, compared to today.

It will also cut power bills for industry by 18% by 2025 and a massive 26% by 2030. This means cheaper power and more jobs in heavy industry in Central Queensland.

Importantly for Central Queensland, it will have no impact on jobs in coal mining, gas, or coal fired power.

Up to $3 billion from Labor’s National Reconstruction Fund will be invested in green metals (steel, alumina and aluminium); clean energy component manufacturing; hydrogen electrolysers and fuel switching; agricultural methane reduction and waste reduction. All of these industries have huge opportunities in Central Queensland.

And there will be direct financial support for measures that improve energy efficiency within existing industries and develop new industries in Regional Australia through a new Powering the Regions Fund.

Our plan will also reduce Australia’s emissions by 43 per cent by 2030, comparable with other developed countries and keeping us on track for net zero by 2050.

For nearly a decade, the LNP’s mismanagement of our energy policy has been a threat to our economy - leaving Central Queensland missing out on the jobs, growth, and opportunities that our abundant renewable resources could unlock.

Labor’s Powering Australia plan will:

  • Upgrade the electricity grid to fix energy transmission and drive down power prices.
  • Make electric vehicles cheaper with an electric car discount and Australia’s first National Electric Vehicle Strategy.
  • Adopt the Business Council of Australia’s recommendation for facilities already covered by the Government’s Safeguard Mechanism that emissions be reduced gradually and predictably over time, to support international competitiveness and economic growth – consistent with industry’s own commitment to net zero by 2050.
  • Protect the competitiveness of Emissions Intensive Trade Exposed industries by ensuring they will not face a greater constraint than their competitors.
  • Invest in 10,000 New Energy Apprentices and a New Energy Skills Program.
  • Establish a real-world vehicle fuel testing program to inform consumer choice.

Under a Labor Government, regions like Central Queensland will continue to power Australia, create more jobs and export to the world.

MONDAY, 6 DECEMBER 2021

A FAIR GO FOR AUSTRALIA