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Russel Northe MLA:
Labor’s flawed energy policy raised in Parliament

Concerns for incentives to shut down business operations during the summer.

By Portal Admin - 30th December 2017 - Back to News

Member for Morwell, Russell Northe yesterday raised in Parliament concerns relating to financial incentives being offered for businesses to shut down or partially shutting down their operations during the summer period.

Mr Northe’s concerns relate to the lack of energy reliability in Victoria post the closure of Hazelwood Power Station, and for workers of those businesses receiving financial incentives to shut down.

Mr Northe said, "It is a ridiculous situation in Victoria at the moment whereby the State Labor Government has taxed Latrobe Valley generators an extra $252 million, with Hazelwood subsequently closing its doors – yet now we see diesel generators being installed and businesses having to shut down their operations because we don’t have security of supply following Hazelwood’s closure".

Mr Northe said "Our community and its workers should be made aware of what businesses have been offered incentives and provided an assurance that no shifts or jobs will be lost as a consequence of these shutdowns."

"The State Government needs to make it clear to workers that no wages will be lost by employees of businesses who are in receipt of the energy load shedding incentives." said Mr Northe

It was Labor’s policy to see Hazelwood Power Station close and despite claims energy security in Victoria wouldn’t be compromised we unfortunately now know that such claims were simply and utterly wrong.


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