The shadow climate change minister, Mark Butler, has blasted the idea that the commonwealth could finance new coal-fired power stations, and is holding to Labor’s declaration that it will not support a clean energy target if coal is in the mix.
|The Bayswater power station near the NSW town of Muswellbrook.|
Labor frontbencher Mark Butler says Labor will not support
commonwealth funding for coal power.
In an interview with Guardian Australia’s politics live podcast, Butler has also articulated a significantly tougher line on the controversial Adani coalmine than the Labor leader, Bill Shorten – saying it would “not be a positive thing for Australia for the Adani mine to go ahead”.
Butler says he can “understand why the Queensland government might be pressing [the Carmichael coal mine development] but from a national perspective, I just don’t think it stacks up.”
Read the story by Katharine Murphy on The Guardian - “Adani mine 'not a positive thing for Australia', Labor's Mark Butler says.”