The Andrews Government is lacking support and looking increasingly lonely in its premature call to ban gas in new homes.
Labor in Victoria, quite simply, is the odd one out on gas. Some New South Wales councils have ushered in bans in new developments – but without any support from the NSW Labor Government, the restrictions will almost certainly be thrown out if appealed.
It exposes Premier Dan Andrews’ call to remove gas from January 1 as a dangerous over-reaction, which will only worsen the cost-of-living crisis in Victoria.
Forcing people on to electricity alone, will only push energy bills further into over-drive. Electricity prices are going through the roof due to Labor’s incompetence.
It’s the last thing hard-working families need as costs in other areas bite.
The European Union designated gas a green energy last year, so it is understandable Australian suppliers say it’s the perfect time to boost gas production to keep homes heated and ensure the lights stay on.
Clearly, the “Lone Ranger” on gas, Dan Andrews, wasn’t listening.
The decision seems a response to inner-city politics. How about regional Victorians? How about a wide-spread, fair energy policy.
There is no question gas is going to continue to be used in other states. Why are Victorians going to be punished?
NSW’s Energy Minister, Penny Sharpe, last month declared: “Gas is an important part of the transition (to renewables)…(it’ll) have a role to play.”
Santos CEO Kevin Gallagher is in clear agreement, recently stating: “Renewables are part of the solution, but they are not a silver bullet”.
With energy prices set to soar further beyond January 1, the Premier is one-out and red-faced on gas.
As the hip-pocket pressures mount, amid that premature gas call, The Nationals are keen to know how we can help.
You can have your voice heard by completing our cost-of-living survey at https://vicn.at/costofliving
Peter Walsh MP
Leader of The Nationals