Barnett caught napping as Federal Libs threaten forced energy asset sales
- Oblivious Barnett ‘not concerned’ despite massive risk to Tasmania
- Energy Minister can’t even reveal if he’s been briefed on proposed laws
- Time for Barnett to actually put Tasmania first
Tasmania’s clueless Energy Minister Guy Barnett has been caught asleep at the wheel, seemingly oblivious to the threat of Federal Liberal laws that could force the sale of energy assets.
Other states have come out hard against Scott Morrison’s “big stick” approach that would force asset sales if generators are caught manipulating power prices.
The Queensland Liberal Opposition Leader, Deb Frecklington has strongly rejected the plan as “out of touch”:
“Queenslanders want lower power prices but they don’t want asset sales.”
Tasmania’s Liberal Energy Minister Guy Barnett has revealed he hasn’t even been briefed by Hydro, despite the fact the Bill is being debated in the Commonwealth Parliament today.
Despite not being briefed Mr Barnett repeatedly told GBEs he was “not concerned” by the laws.
Shadow Energy Minister David O’Byrne said the State Government had put up the white flag.
“Tasmanians should be alarmed that the Federal Liberals are seeking the power to force asset sales and yet the Energy Minister is ‘not concerned’,” Mr O’Byrne said.
“Mr Barnett could not say whether his government’s 90 per cent dividend policy could constitute dividend stripping for the purposes of the Bill.
“He could not say whether there would be an impact on Momentum, which operates in the national retail market.
“In the face of a very real threat to Tasmania’s publicly owned assets, this robotic Minister can offer nothing more than one line slogans.
“It is high time that Mr Barnett actually put the interests of Tasmania first.”
David O’Byrne MP
Shadow Minister for Energy