Media Release

15 June 2018

Southwick: Jobs in Renewables, Minister?

Friday 15 June 2018

Jobs in Renewables, Minister?

Today in PAEC Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio was unable to confirm what share of construction jobs on renewable energy projects were going to local workers.

On the 23rd of August 2017, the Minister issued a release claiming around 325 jobs would be created across two solar farm projects in regional Victoria.

However, after concerns were raised by the Electrical Trades Union (ETU) that the construction jobs “promised” to them were instead going to foreign workers, Minister D’Ambrosio denied all responsibility for ensuring local workers got a fair share of the available construction jobs.

ETU State Secretary, Troy Gray has stated “there’s plenty of jobs in the renewable sector, just not for locals. How many millions in taxpayer subsidies can be spent on foreign backpackers and overseas profits before local workers even get a look in?”

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources, David Southwick MP:

“You know Labor is in trouble when they can’t even deliver jobs for their own union mates.

“Labor is almost as quick to drop responsibility for jobs on its renewable projects as it is to claim them.

“Under Daniel Andrews, Victoria’s energy policy is a complete mess and everyday Victorian’s are forced to pay the price.”