Government urged to accept bipartisan deal on RET

Etu National

Labor’s offer of a bipartisan target of 33,500 gigawatt hours of renewable energy production by 2020 is a vital step to end the current political impasse and save jobs, according to the Electrical Trades Union.

The union said workers welcomed the potential end to the year-long stalemate over the future of them renewable energy target, with the compromise offering certainty for the sector.

ETU national secretary Allen Hicks said the ball was now in the Federal Government’s court, with the ALP throwing its weight behind the proposal of the Clean Energy Council — put forward on March 25 — which is supported by business, unions and industry players.

“The stubborn refusal by the Abbott Government to budge on their offer of 32,000 gigawatt hours of annual renewable energy production by 2020 has left a political vacuum,” Mr Hicks said. 

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