Tony abbott backs the coal industry’s latest spin after it was revealed they’ve been given almost a year’s notice to close two coal ports in Queensland and South Australia.
The Abbott government announced Monday the Port Macquarie coal terminal would close after a four year tender period.
But the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade refused to give the government the details of the notice it had received about the shutdown — or about exactly how close the project is to its scheduled closure date.
The Government could not be reached for comment as the issue has now been resolved, a spokeswoman for Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop said.
Earlier this month the Australian Energy Market Operator warned the Port Macquarie coal terminal might close after a four year tender period.
But Minister for Finance Paul Keating told Lateline the plant will be operational and running before the closure.
On Tuesday Labor attacked Mr Abbott for using the closure as an election issue.
“The Government will be seeking to get behind the Prime Minister’s Labor Party campaign and get the Aust예스카지노ralian people to take this issue into consideration when they vote,” Labor Senator Penny Wong said.
In April last year the Government announced the Port Macquarie nuclear power station would close after a one year tender period, and a three year tender period was later extended to five years.
Both the Government and the Queensland Premier at the time, 바카라사이트Annastacia Palaszczuk, had also announced the closure of the two coal port terminals.
The Queensland Government announced last week it was closing the Port Macquarie coal terminal after a five year tender period.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has come under fire by coal industry groups for her support of coal in the electricity sector.
But Mr Abbott told Lateline she was now responsible for taking the coal industry through a transition to cleaner, alternative energy.
“What the Queensland Government is doing is being a role바카라 model on the energy transition,” he said.
Mr Abbott promised to hold a new tender, with $1.5 billion in federal and state government funds.
But when Lateline asked about the tender, a spokeswoman for Mr Abbott referred our questions on the issue to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which did not respond to requests for comment.
The coal industry has been given notice of three tender periods this year as well as a new notice period last month.
There is a proposal to extend the closure deadline for the Port Macquarie coal plant beyond five year