Coal-fired Power Stations

Mr Hibbins (Prahran) — The Victorian government continues to shirk addressing the issue of phasing out coal-fired power stations. Labor's response to the reported closing down of the Hazelwood power station was woefully inadequate. No plan to tackle global warming can have any credibility if it does not include the end of coal. Labor wants to take the kudos for setting a target to be carbon neutral by 2050, but it does not want to take political ownership of the closing down of Hazelwood and other coal-fired power stations. It wants to swoop in as the saviour, despite having left the Latrobe Valley workers in the lurch, without a real plan to transition their workforce and support alternative industries. If it was fair dinkum about becoming carbon neutral and serious about supporting the Latrobe Valley it would plan for the closure of Hazelwood and other coal-fired power stations, not just sit back and wait for the inevitable.

The Greens have a plan to phase out coal-fired power by 2030 and transition that workforce to renewable energy, manufacturing and other industries. It is a plan Victorians can trust. If Labor does not plan for the end of coal and stop supporting a coal export industry, then Victorians cannot trust it to tackle global warming.