In the lead up to the last federal election Anthony Albanese told voters, “a Labor Government that I lead will rule out PEP11,” and said, “PEP11 doesn’t make sense from an economic, environmental, or energy perspective,” and even reiterated to parliament the project, “should be consigned to the dustbin of history, where it belongs. This is a complete no-brainer.”
The Greens call on Anthony Albanese to walk the talk on PEP11 now the NSW Labor Government has given him political cover by introducing its own bill to kill the project.
Quotes attributable to Greens spokesperson for healthy oceans, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson:
“Anothony Albanese talked a big game in opposition about stopping PEP11, but has yet to walk the talk since news broke that this toxic project could be back unless his government and the NSW government decide to stop it.
“What’s the PM waiting for now the NSW Labor Government has given him political cover by introducing its own bill to kill the project?
“There’s no plausible reason for this destructive project to go ahead; Australia doesn’t need it and NSW coastal communities don’t want it.
“PEP11 proponent Advent Energy wasted no time flagging its intention to proceed with the project despite the NSW Government’s bill and in spite of immense community opposition.
“It’s crucial the Albanese Government responds immediately and gives assurance to coastal communities that this project won’t proceed.
“Setting a precedent for stopping destructive offshore oil and gas projects in our oceans should be something to celebrate, not cower from.”