Standing up for Canberra

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Did you know that wind farms are Australia’s cheapest form of large scale renewable energy?

And did you know that the area north of Canberra has some of the best wind resources anywhere in Australia?

There are currently six wind farms operating north and northeast of Canberra – and they are among the best performing in the country.

On a good day, the Capital Wind Farm to the east of Lake George generates enough energy to power half of Canberra’s homes, according to Infigen.

The world is marching towards a low carbon future and looking to the renewables sector to help combat climate change.

But since the Abbott Government was elected, investment in renewables in Australia has fallen by 88 percent.

When Labor was in government, Australia was ranked fourth in Ernst & Young’s Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index. Under the Abbott Government, Australia has continued to slip and we now just make the top 10 in the world.

We know this is not the direction most Australians want to go.

A recent annual poll by the Lowy Institute recorded the third consecutive rise in Australians’ concern about global warming. Now half of Australia’s adult population believe global warming is a serious and pressing problem.

That’s why renewable energy is a centrepiece of Labor’s response to climate change.

Our aim is for 50 percent of Australia's electricity to be generated by renewable energy by 2030.

It’s ambitious but we will continue to show leadership and vision on climate change.

Because Labor knows that Australia's future prosperity depends on the nation being a front runner in renewable energy investment to lower power prices, reduce pollution and create jobs, to add to the 20,000 people who currently work in the sector.

If you would like to find out more about Labor’s approach to climate change, come along to my community forum next week with the Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Mark Butler.

There are only a handful of places left, so please hurry to RSVP via the link to my website here.