Ron Boswell visits city
TAXES, compensation for the aluminium industry, the Labor Party leadership and fishing matters were the topics of discussion when the Nationals' Senator Ron Boswell visited Gladstone yesterday.
Mr Boswell spoke of how the Senate had voted last Thursday to give electricity-intensive industries a 90 per cent break on the cost of Renewable Energy Certificates when the price tops $40.
He said the Labor Party had opposed an amendment to the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Bill 2010 to provide the break for electricity-intensive industries, such as the aluminium industry, but independent senators supported the Liberal National Party.
Senator Boswell said Labor was prepared to offer the concession only if its Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme was in place.
“Since Labor has abandoned the CPRS for years it was pure bloody-mindedness to hold the electricity-intensive industries hostage to a ghost policy,” he said.
Senator Boswell said the government's renewable energy legislation required big wholesale buyers of electricity to source 20 per cent of their energy consumption by 2020 from renewable sources.
He said while Thursday night's vote would benefit the Gladstone region, the Federal Labor Government needed to tell the Gladstone public what it was going to do in regards to the Resource Super Profits Tax and the Emissions Trading Scheme.
“Julia Gillard is still sitting on the fence,” he said.
“If she brings in ETS, she's going to affect the blue-collar workers of Gladstone.
“And, if she doesn't, she's going to upset the progressives (metropolitan greenies).”
Senator Boswell also spent time talking with commercial fisherman.