VIDEO: O'Dowd's passionate stand for Boyne Smelter

MEMBER for Flynn Ken O'Dowd fired up in federal parliament last week as he outlined the difficulties faced by Gladstone smelters because of the Renewable Energy Target.

Mr O'Dowd was interrupted several times by Opposition members, and argued with them during his speech.

He challenged the opposition to change their policies from the last time they were the government, or they would never hold power again.

"If you ever announce your policies, but they seem to be the same as they were last term - you will be on that side for a damn long time," Mr O'Dowd said.

"In my electorate I have a very big company called Boyne Smelters, which is run by Rio Tinto. With the carbon tax, they were paying $15 million a year.

"For the RET they were paying $25 million a year.

"Since the GST they have been producing aluminum below cost because the market has fallen away, but these two charges alone - the $15 million plus the $25 million - has not helped their survival at all."

Opposition members interjected, with Mr O'Dowd replying: "Come up to Boyne Smelters and tell the workers of Boyne Smelters about your policy."

Labor Member for Greenway Michelle Rowland told Mr O'Dowd he needed to calm down.

Mr O'Dowd disagreed, saying he was fighting for workers in his area.

"Boyne Smelters have spent $500 million on a carbon bake, which has reduced their emissions enormously, and they intend to spend further money under our direct action policy," he told the parliament.

"That will happen under our policy-not your policy."

The Deputy Speaker eventually cut Mr O'Dowd off during his speech and said he was out of time.



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