Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has come out in strong support of the Federal Government’s Clean Technology Program as a result of the uncertainty created by Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party.
"Cutting the Clean Technology Program will have a disastrous effect on the solar industry here in Central Victoria and it will result in people losing their jobs and businesses going bust,” Ms Chesters said.
"Labor's investment in the Clean Technology Program is helping to bring about a brighter future for Central Victorian industries and businesses and has helped secure jobs.”
“By helping companies invest in energy efficient capital equipment and low emissions technologies, processes and products, Federal Labor is supporting projects that are good for businesses, good for the community and good for the environment."
"Labor is absolutely committed to renewable energy - including the legislated Renewable Energy Target, the $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. In concert with the emissions trading scheme, this support will drive $20 billion of investment in renewable energy over the next eight years and $100 billion to 2050.
"As a nation we need to ensure that we continue to grow our investment in clean energy - solar power and wind power in particular. Since Labor was elected we've trebled the amount of wind power in Australia. We've gone from having about 7,500 households with PV solar on their rooftops to over a million and we're committed to continuing to build a suite of renewable energy policies.”
"Thousands of Central Victorians are aware of the benefits of making the change to renewable energy, like solar, and I acknowledge that ongoing support from our political leaders is important to the continued growth and uptake of solar across our region," Ms Chesters said.
"A Tony Abbott led Coalition Government will dismantle the local solar industry through bad policy decisions such as cutting the Clean Technology fund.”
"Meanwhile, Labor has demonstrated through action that moving to help establish a solar industry is smart policy and government funded programs are good for jobs, for industry and for the environment. It just makes sense.”