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RET report bad news for Hunter clean energy future, jobs growth

Media Release
Lee Rhiannon 29 Aug 2014

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has said that the Report into the Renewable Energy Target is bad news for the Hunter and should not be implemented.

"The backward attitude of the Liberal/National government on renewable energy plus this out of touch politically motivated RET Review will bring uncertainty to the industry in the Hunter and limit jobs growth," Senator Rhiannon said.

"The Hunter has benefited from the renewable energy industry with more households turning to clean energy, business opportunities thriving and a jobs growth this region badly needs.

"The Greens are working to retain and expand the Renewable Energy Target.

"For a region like the Hunter that is in transition away from a dependence on coal, getting rid of the RET has huge implications.

"Liberal and National backbench MPs should have the guts to stand up for their community and tell Prime Minister Tony Abbott that the RET should be retained as it drives jobs growth, pushes down power prices and benefits the environment.

"It's now time to give the industry certainty by retaining and expanding the Renewable Energy Target," Senator Rhiannon said.
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