Labor ‘clean energy charlatans’ after clean energy cuts: Bandt

Greens Climate & Energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said Labor’s deal with the government to cut $500 million out of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has exposed them as clean energy charlatans. Mr Bandt said he will move to amend the Omnibus bill in the House of Representatives to protect the full $1.3 billion of ARENA’s funding.

"Labor’s deal to cut half a billion dollars from clean energy has exposed them as clean energy charlatans," Mr Bandt said.

"Labor had absolutely no reason to cut half a billion dollars out of ARENA. If Bill Shorten had joined with the Greens and the crossbench, we could have stared the Coalition down and found fairer places to raise revenue."

“With the Coalition sticking to their joke of a climate policy, ARENA is one of the only ways government is taking action to cut pollution and deal with climate change.”

"But instead of standing up for clean energy and climate action, Labor rolled over and, at a time we are in a climate emergency, ripped hundreds of millions of dollars out of clean energy."

“I will move to amend the Omnibus bill in the House of Representatives to protect the entire $1.3 billion of ARENA’s funding.”

Media contact: Adam Pulford, 0429 109 054

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