The Conservative Party has urged the Coalition not to abandon Queensland coal amid an internal war on the resource’s future as a source of energy in Australia.
“An energy policy which allows our coal to produce affordable electricity overseas but not here is not smart,” the Conservatives' lead Queensland senate candidate, Lyle Shelton said.
“An energy policy which forces industry to ration its electricity usage so the lights can be kept on is a third world approach and will only drive jobs overseas. The Conservative Party will fight all the way to the next election for Queensland coal to be allowed to compete on an equal basis with renewables," he said.
“If the playing field is levelled, there is no reason why Australians should not also enjoy the affordable, reliable electricity that is being produced with our coal in Asia. If it can be done there, it can be done here," Mr Shelton continued.
“It is now seven days since the Queensland LNP leader Deb Frecklington won plaudits from the green-left GetUp! for declaring the party was looking to a ‘future beyond coal’. In that time she has been repudiated by her colleagues from the Queensland coal fields, creating further uncertainty about the party’s policy on affordable electricity."
“The LNP needs to clarify where it stands on affordable, reliable energy and jobs," he concluded.
Mr Shelton has told radio station 4BC the only way Australia can attract investment in cheap power generation is to get rid of the insidious politically correct climate ideology that is holding us back.
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