Jul 3, 2014

Tassie may hold the govt to ransom on the RET

Tasmania punches well above its weight in terms of political influence -- and the state's aluminium smelting industry is not happy with keeping the Renewable Energy Target.

William Bowe — Editor of The Poll Bludger

William Bowe

Editor of The Poll Bludger

Burdened though it may be by a moribund economy and stagnant population, Tasmania can at least take comfort in the long shadow its affairs cast over national politics.

Tasmanian environmental issues have been placed high on the national agenda at least since the Franklin Dam controversy of the early 1980s, and in Brian Harradine and Andrew Wilkie the state has twice had its interests advanced by independents holding swing votes in federal Parliament.

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5 thoughts on “Tassie may hold the govt to ransom on the RET

  1. klewso

    Three seats in Tasmania : how many seats in the mainland Rust Belt – as Abbott’s inconsistent favouritism is played up?

  2. bushby jane

    Given that 80% of our power in Tasmania is hydro generated, I would have thought that possibly the aluminium smelter at Bell Bay is already fulfilling its RET obligations without being charged extra for it. Mind you, I can’t work out how carbon pricing applies to our residential power costs, however we have been told that our bills will go down by around 7%, but in the same breath that the abolishing of the carbon tax will cost our state $100 million or so. Contradictory to me.

  3. Ian Brown

    “Nowhere does this notion resonate more than in Tasmania, home to one of Australia’s five aluminium smelters at Bell Bay,…”

    So there are five smelters at Bell Bay?

  4. Brian Melbourne

    I’m aware that most of Tasmania’s power is from renewable sources. 80% renewable would mean about 2% carbon tax on power. It’s only about 10% in Victoria with the dirtiest fuel. Can’t see where 7% comes from. Because of the Carbon tax, Tassie actually had an advantage over other states power costs. Aluminium companies always while about power costs. Well what about a bit of lateral thinking – use your some of your product and build a wind farm. After all, Tasmania is in the roaring 40s…

  5. AR

    The Merkin Isle, using its hydro-power, is the only place in Oz where an aluminium smelter would not be an obscenity. Pity about all that particulate matter afterwards.

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