Federal Member for Flynn Colin Boyce has called on the Labor Government to ‘get back to basics’ as Australia deals with an energy crisis.
This is following the announcement that Prime Minster Anthony Albanese will hold his first ‘regional cabinet meeting’ in the port city of Gladstone, a major centre in the Flynn electorate.
While Prime Minister Albanese will most likely focus on a push for renewable energy in regional Queensland, Mr Boyce is calling on him to get back to basics and support the construction of baseload coal fired power stations.
“Australia has been installing renewables at a faster rate than any country in the world by installing 200 watts per person per year which is 4 times greater than the rate of Europe or North America,” Mr Boyce said.
“This has not resolved Australia’s energy crisis at all.
“We can’t afford to wait for new technology to come along, we’ve got to start building what works now which is baseload coal fired power stations.
“345 coals plants are under construction across the world with China being responsible for more than half while Australia is not building one.
“Prime Minister Albanese needs to make a commitment to invest in coal fired power stations that will maximise supply and push energy prices down which are currently hurting Australians across the country.”