Today we see Bill Shorten trying to create a massive distraction from last week’s massive shadow Cabinet leak about his massive secret plan for a massive carbon tax.
What we see today is a failed leader desperately trying to divert attention away from his plan to push up power bills.
Last week Labor was caught red handed with its secret plan to bring back the carbon tax. Their plan was exposed for all to see – and yet Bill Shorten says it’s just a scare campaign!
It’s not a scare campaign, Bill. We all saw it last week in black and white – and Labor reaffirmed it today.
It doesn’t matter what Bill Shorten calls it – it’s a carbon tax. An Emissions Trading Scheme is just a carbon tax with a different name.
Today, Labor has announced yet another plan that will hike power bills for Australian families, pensioners and businesses – and it will cost jobs.
Even ACTU boss Ged Kearney admitted on ABC AM this morning that jobs will be lost if Bill Shorten becomes Prime Minister.
And in May, CFMEU boss Tony Maher wrote to Labor MPs warning that the plan announced would “increase the cost of electricity for manufacturing and ordinary households while being a poor tool to reduce Australia’s overall global warming emissions”.
Last month we put in place a sustainable plan for renewable energy that will see the level of renewables in Australia double over the next five years.
Labor voted in the Parliament for this plan – and now they’re back flipping.
Last time Labor made a renewable energy policy announcement without analysis, it created havoc in the renewable energy market. We’ve fixed Labor’s mess – and they even voted to do it.
There is no detail on how Bill Shorten will achieve his renewables plan without adding costs to the electricity sector which will be passed onto households.
Labor needs to be honest about what this means for electricity prices.
If, as Labor claims, renewables place downward pressure on electricity prices, then why mandate them? The truth is that renewable energy costs more and Labor knows this.
If Labor’s objective is to find as many ways as possible to hike power prices for Australian families, then they’re doing a very good job.
Power prices fell by the largest amount on record when the Coalition scrapped the carbon tax.
Only under the Coalition is the carbon tax gone for good.