Federal and State Labor have called on the Liberals to get moving to ensure Tasmania plays a key role in the National Hydrogen Strategy.
Federal Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy Mark Butler said the Liberals needed to do more to grow jobs.
“Tasmania is a renewable energy powerhouse and has the key resources to play a leading role in the development of a hydrogen export industry,” said Mr Butler.
“That’s why during the Federal Election campaign I announced that Labor would provide $250,000 towards growing Tasmania’s hydrogen generation and export capacity, which the Northern Tasmanian Development Corporation estimates could create more than 500 new well-paid blue collar jobs, right here in the north of Tasmania.
“But Tasmania’s Federal Liberal representatives have been silent on the potential for a hydrogen export industry.
“In areas like George Town, the jobless rate is above ten per cent, with traditional industries like manufacturing declining.
“We know that the Tasmanian jobless rate is among the worst in the country and neither Scott Morrison nor Will Hodgman seem to be doing anything about it.”
Tasmanian Shadow Minister for Energy David O’Byrne said the Hodgman Government was asleep at the wheel when it came to hydrogen jobs.
“We know most other states have released detailed blueprints for hydrogen jobs and have already hosted senior delegations from hydrogen hungry countries such as Singapore, Japan and South Korea,” Mr O’Byrne said.
“Under Will Hodgman Tasmania is in danger of missing out.
“We hear that Energy Minister Guy Barnett even failed to send representatives to two recent national workshops on hydrogen generation and safety, in the lead up to the development to the National Strategy.
“You can’t expect to be a part of this job creating opportunity if you’re not even at the table.
“Tasmanians deserve a Government that will fight for local jobs.”