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Ill-considered Commonwealth bill will dampen down investment in energy-efficient industries in Victoria: Vic Environment Minister

Posted by gmarkets on 3 September, 2007

The Federal government, recently woken from slumber, was not up to providing the collaboration, the national emissions trading schemes nor the effective regulation, that the Victorian government wanted, said Mr Gavin Jennings, Victorian Minister for Environment and Climate Change, in the Victorian Legislative Council on 22 August 2007. Victoria provides environmental lead: “There are important initiatives that have been driven by Victoria through the national pollutant inventory — issues such as our determination to drive VRET further, to try to make sure that we have investment and regulation in the energy sector and to make sure that we reduce greenhouse gases,” said Jennings. “The sorry tale for all Victorians at the moment is that the commonwealth bill — the ill-considered, 11th-hour bill — that arrived after the wake-up call woke opposition members from their slumber, will dampen down investment in energy-efficient industries in Victoria. That is something that the Brumby government is totally opposed to. We want collaboration, we want national emissions trading schemes and we want effective regulation as a nation, but the commonwealth government at the moment is not up to it.”

Reference: Gavin Jennings, Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Parliament of Victoria – Legislative Council Daily Hansard, Victoria, 22 August 2007.

Erisk Net, 26/8/2007

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