- Jacqui Lambie has quit the Palmer United Party and wants changes to the Renewable Energy Target (RET)
- Labor, the Greens and the Palmer United Party are locked into supporting the existing RET
- We only need one more vote from crossbench Senators to block the Government’s plans to destroy solar and the RET
The Good News
Senator Ricky Muir is on our side.
Senator Nick Xenophon loves solar.
Senator Jacqui Lambie loves solar.
It’s absolutely clear solar is supported by a majority of Senators.
The Bad News
The Government remains absolutely committed to the destruction of solar and the Renewable Energy Target.
In negotiations with the Labor Party, the Government would not move from their rigid position to slash the RET.
Late yesterday, the Government backed yet another inquiry into the wind industry.
We know the Government will only move in the face of public and industry pressure, and the Save Solar campaign will now ramp up that pressure.
The Government is running amuck with the crossbench Senators and doing everything they can to seal an anti-RET deal.
The Government’s fingerprints are all over a proposal from some Senators which pretends to save solar, but instead destroys the Renewable Energy Target.
The Australian Solar Council’s position is very clear.
The Government has made no case for cutting the RET. The best outcome for solar is keeping the existing small-scale and large-scale renewable energy schemes.
The crossbench Senators should take their time in considering the best approach to the RET, working with the Australian Solar Council and other industry bodies.
In the last 24 hours alone, the Solar Council has met with key Senators and the offices of Senator Xenophon, Wang, Milne, Muir, Leyonhjelm, Day and Madigan.
We will continue to keep the pressure on, both inside and outside Parliament House.
We remain very confident of securing the one extra vote that will Save Solar.