In Senate Estimates the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources confirmed the Government’s new coal-fired power station is all smoke and mirrors to appease the climate deniers within the Coalition party room.
Senator Urquhart: “Has the Government entered into a contract with Shine?”
Senior Department Official: “The Government has not entered into a contract with Shine.”
Senator Urquhart: “Does Shine have the $4 million yet?”
Senior Department Official: “No they do not.”
The Department also confirmed they are yet to perform any due diligence on Shine Energy, and Shine Energy is yet to meet ad-hoc program guidelines to assess whether the feasibility study can go ahead.
This even though a media release was put out on the 8th of February from the Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister for Resources, the Minister for Energy and Michelle Landry which stated, “This delivers on an election commitment with grant funding including: Up to $4 million to support Shine Energy Pty Ltd’s feasibility study for a proposed 1GW high efficiency, low emissions coal plant at Collinsville in Queensland.”
Scott Morrison will do anything to try to buy off the climate-denying hardliners in his party room, including not even doing basic due diligence to protect basic principles of value for taxpayer money.
The Prime Minister is still willing to spend billions of taxpayers’ dollars on a new coal-fired power station and has refused to rule out providing a taxpayer-funded indemnity sought by the proponents of the Collinsville coal-fired power station, which the Australian Industry Group says could cost taxpayers $17 billion.