Media release: Electricity stunt won’t hold back progress 

Progress in passing the important Electricity Infrastructure Investment Bill 2020 has been slowed by a One Nation stunt, but it won’t stand in the way of this important progress. 

The two members of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation have proposed 249 amendments and required a vote on every clause of the bill (78 clauses) meaning a total of 327 votes will need to be held on this alone. The only other members of the house voting with them are the two members of the Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party. 

Greens MP and spokesperson for energy David Shoebridge said 

“This bill is the result of significant consensus and positive collaboration by most parties in this Parliament with the Greens, Labor and the Government all involved.

“These amendments to block the bill are just a stunt by an increasingly irrelevant minority of angry old men in this Parliament who cannot see that the renewable future is here. 

“Many of them are complete nonsense, while others are downright damaging. 

“The One Nation amendments propose to remove all mention of battery storage from the electricity policy, essentially ruling out one of the key solutions to energy security. 

“This was a rare moment where Parliament is going beyond the usual tribal politics of climate and energy to deliver for the future.

“This bill isn’t perfect with its focus on private rather than public investment, but despite this flaw it will deliver billions of dollars for critical renewables and storage. 

“The Greens will be moving a total of 4 further amendments to empower First Nations communities, get our electricity sector to net zero emissions by 2030 and end new fossil fuels”, said Mr Shoebridge