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We all have a stake in moving forward with the Finkel Review - 7 June 2017

Joint Media Statement

The energy industry, its customers and other stakeholders agree: the imminent Finkel Review deserves full and fair consideration before governments take decisions that will have major implications for the security, reliability and affordability of Australia’s electricity system.

Our organisations believe that the worst outcome for energy consumers and suppliers alike would be the absence of any credible and enduring energy and climate policy in Australia. Without reform we will endure higher prices, reduced security, lost investment opportunity, and stubbornly high emissions.

Energy markets are at a crossroads as all stakeholders deal with the significant changes that have been sweeping across the electricity and gas sectors for the last decade.

The Finkel Review presents a major opportunity to implement a coherent national blueprint to modernise our electricity system and meet our emissions reduction goals. The Report and its recommendations deserve to be considered as a whole in consultation with industry, customers and other stakeholders.

The consequences of failure are too significant to allow this opportunity to pass. The Australian political system must act to deliver clear and enduring energy and climate policy.

The Finkel Review expert panel has consulted widely and considered deeply, and their report is worthy of careful consideration. Once we have fully digested the Review, our organisations may have differing views on the detail of the recommendations and how these might best be implemented. But given what is at stake for energy users and suppliers, now is not the time for rash decisions or knee jerk reactions. We need careful review and considered decision-making that leads to the return of a stable investment environment, affordable prices and reliable supply, even as we reduce emissions.

We stand ready to support new reforms to achieve these outcomes.  

Endorsed by:

Australian Aluminium Council

Australian Council of Social Services

Australian Council of Trade Unions

Australian Energy Council

Australian Industry Group

Brotherhood of St Laurence

Business Council of Australia

Cement Industry Federation

Chemistry Australia

Clean Energy Council

Energy Efficiency Council

Energy Networks Australia

Energy Users Association of Australia

Investor Group on Climate Change

National Farmers’ Federation

WWF Australia

 

Chemistry Australia Media contacts:
Claire Selby – cselby@chemistryaustralia.org.au or 0448 028 876
Krista Imberger – kimberger@chemistryaustralia.org.au or 0439 318 290

Our manufacturing industry alliance comprises the Australian Aluminium Council, Australian Food and Grocery Council, Australian Industry Group, Energy Users Association of Australia, PACIA and Australian Steel Institute. Collectively our members employ 950,000 people (8.2% of domestic employment) and transform at least 32% of Australia’s domestic gas into a broad range of value-adding products and services throughout the entire economy.

 

 

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