MP calls for end to renewable energy stalemate

FLYNN Federal MP Ken O'Dowd has challenged the Federal Government and the Opposition to work together in resolving the crisis over the renewable energy target.

"Both parties need to agree on an amended renewable energy target because this situation is very disruptive to industry," he said.

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"If that means raising our target slightly to satisfy all stakeholders, then that's what we have to do. I agree with Dan Tehan (who has also issued the challenge) 100%."

The issue is around the level of the RET.

The last round of negotiations saw industry minister Ian Macfarlane and environment minister Greg Hunt back a figure of 32,000GWh, while opposition climate spokesman Mark Butler stayed firm with a figure of 33,500GWh.

"We want to keep power prices and other essential costs down while maximising jobs across Australia, but unfortunately we are currently in a situation that could have the opposite effect," Mr O'Dowd said.

"There are too many jobs at risk for us to continue as we are."


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