The Government’s latest attempt to turn the Australian Renewable Energy Agency into a fossil fuel bank will be met once again by the Greens who say their disallowance motion still has the constitution and the Senate on its side.
The Greens will move to disallow those parts of the regulations that seek to turn ARENA into a fossil-fuel funder.
Previously, Angus Taylor’s ARENA regulations were described by a Liberal Party-headed committee as possibly illegal. The regulations were defeated in the Senate. 3rd parties have also made it clear that even if the laws were to make it through the parliament, they would be contested in the courts. The same applies to these new regulations.
Quotes attributable to Greens Leader Adam Bandt:
“Angus Taylor’s crusade to spend more public dollars on coal and gas is as shambolic as it is reckless."
“ARENA was created as part of the Greens-Labor Agreement and has been a shining light of job-creating, clean and cheap energy production."
“ARENA creates such animosity amongst the coal-hugging Coalition because it’s been such a success. Fossil fuels are now begging for public handouts to stay afloat, but public money should go to renewables instead."
“The only way to stop this government from trying to pour more tax dollars into propping up a dying industry is to kick the Liberals out and have the Greens in balance of power after next election.”