Why it Matters
In terms of socio-economic disadvantage the electorate of Werribee is in the middle range for Victoria. According to the 2016 Census, the City of Wyndham falls in the 63rd percentile: 37% of Victorian LGAs are less disadvantaged and 62% more disadvantaged.
Families in Werribee face economic pressure from housing prices – whether paying off a mortgage or renting – exacerbated by ever increasing energy prices.
An ideological approach to energy policy which caters to the Greens obsession with climate change and radical hostility to coal and gas is helping force up energy prices unnecessarily causing financial stress for families, the elderly and the most disadvantaged.
A new energy policy is needed including:
- Support for the production of high efficiency, low emission (HELE) coal power in Victoria
- Support for landholders’ rights to allow conventional gas exploration on their properties, and a reasonable return for that access and extraction
What I’ve Done
- Voted against the VRET 2017 (Victorian Renewable Energy Target) that will see energy prices skyrocket over the coming years. Unfortunately this passed by 1 vote.
In March 2018 I moved a motion in the Legislative Council: