Coalition’s renewable energy squabble a job-killer: ETU

The internal bickering over the future of Australia’s renewable energy target has the capacity for disastrous ramifications if the anti-renewables argument triumphs, the Electrical Trades Union has said.

Electrical Trades Union national secretary Allen Hicks said Australians desperately needed the work that would be created by a surging renewables industry over future decades.

“Modelling shows that as many as 28,000 full-time positions are at risk by 2030 if Turnbull caves to the far right and walks back from his renewables commitment,” he said.

“Research has shown that many of these jobs are going to be created in areas that desperately need them, like South Australia.

“At a time when foreign-owned companies like Alinta and Engie, owners of the Port Augusta and Hazelwood power stations, are pulling the strings in Australia’s energy sector and shutting people out of work, we need a government that will support and nurture our energy future, not one that is bickering and creating uncertainty for investors.

“A healthy renewables sector and a properly planned and managed transition will see more jobs created, and further career opportunities for those who are affected by the shift to renewables.”

Mr Hicks’ comments come after reports in The Australian that a far-right faction within the government was demanding that Mr Turnbull axe Australia’s commitment to renewable energy because of shifting US policy.