Federal Member for Flynn, Colin Boyce said Labor’s plan to underwrite a five-fold increase in new government-backed renewables across Australia will have profoundly damaging consequences in Flynn and more broadly Central Queensland and will continue to drive up the cost of everyone’s living.

Mr Boyce said Energy Minister Chris Bowen’s panicked market intervention to achieve Labor’s 82 per cent renewables by 2030 target, by expanding the Capacity Investment Scheme, would come at great cost to taxpayers in Flynn and destroy agricultural land that will drive up food prices and tear down our food security.

“Labor has to rip up farming land to achieve their irresponsible target but when supply goes down, prices go up. Hurting our food production capability by removing agricultural land means families in Flynn will pay even more for their food,” Mr Boyce said.

“Labor must tell taxpayers, communities and struggling families in Flynn, how many hectares of productive agricultural land and native vegetation, the very thing renewables were apparently meant to protect, will be impacted by its reckless race?

“Questions have to be asked, where is the Greens on protecting the environment on this and the Australian Conservation Foundation, who have been intimidating farmers that legally manage vegetation on their farms?”

Since Labor got into office, food has increased by 8.2 per cent, gas by 28 per cent and electricity by 18 per cent.

“I fear federal Labor and the now all Labor states will abandon proper environmental approvals because Chris Bowen doesn’t want to miss their target.

“Labor must guarantee tough approvals processes and that there won’t be shortcuts for these projects.
“On top of wind turbines and solar panels, 28,000 kilometres of transmission lines at a minimum cost of $80 billion will also tear through regional communities.

“The Nationals believe this demonstrates why we should also have the conversation about nuclear and let the market decide about energy options, rather than taxpayers having to do all the heavy lifting.

“Labor has the wrong priorities for our nation. If you overburden farmers and reduce productive farmland, then you directly increase the price of fresh food at the checkout for families in Flynn.”

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