Labor’s hot air blows both ways on the future of Victorian gas

Fresh doubt has today been cast over the viability of the Andrews’ Labor Government’s gas substitution roadmap – this time, from one of the ALP’s own resident experts.

In comments made just yesterday, former federal Shadow Minister for Resources Joel Fitzgibbon describes the Andrews’ Labor Government’s gas policy as “ill-informed” and likely to “Hurt consumers and businesses alike and in the long run lead to higher energy prices and loss of jobs”.

Labor is sending massively mixed signals when it comes to the place of gas in Victoria’s future.

On the one hand, Daniel Andrews wants to set “aspirational targets” for the displacement of gas, with Labor needing to disconnect 300 households from the gas network every working day between now and 2050 in order to meet its’ net-zero target.

Yet on the other hand, the Andrews’ Labor Government has just passed laws which will expand the ability of industry to experiment with and roll-out gas-fusion energy sources.

The Andrews’ Labor Government is guilty of putting political spin ahead of certainty and security in Victoria’s energy market. Only the Liberal Nationals have a clear plan to deliver renewable, reliable, and affordable energy to Victorian businesses and consumers.

Brad Rowswell MP

Shadow Minister for Energy and Renewables