Bill tabled to burn forests as ‘renewable energy’
The regulatory change that will allow native forest wood to be burnt for electricity has been tabled in the House of Reps today.
It looks like Bill Shorten’s Labor Party might support the bill, even though it means undermining our renewable energy scheme. This is urgent. Please make a quick phone call to Bill Shorten's office and urge that Labor opposes this. (02) 6277 4022.
If Labor opposes this, the vote will be decided by the independents on the crossbench in the Senate. The Senate sits again on June 15, so contact the cross benchers and let them know that you want them to vote against the change to the regulation.
A few suggested points to raise are available here
Some of the crossbenchers have been concerned that the industry will need certainty, and Labor could reverse the regulatory change next in government, so that uncertainty is a point to raise as well. Plus, many still believe the lie that the ‘waste’ will only be the heads and sweepings (!) There needs to be a very clear definition provided before anyone votes on this.
From our experience, emails are good but can get ‘lost’, so phone calls or tweets are better.