WA Labor Party affirms commitment to a publicly owned energy system

Thursday 29 Aug 2019

The Australian Services Union (ASU) has thanked Premier Mark McGowan for seconding a resolution to keep Western Power and Synergy in public hands.

The Resolution was moved by ASU WA Branch Secretary Wayne Wood at the WA State Labor conference at the weekend.

The motion called on WA Labor to affirm its commitment to a publicly controlled energy system, and to implement a Just Transition as coal powered generation and related industries face increasing challenges.

Mr Wood said this commitment will ensure reliability in WA’s energy system as well as support jobs and industry development.

“We are pleased the Premier chose to support the ASU’s resolution to protect the future of WA’s energy industry,” Mr Wood said.

“Western Power is not a financial drain on the State Budget and this resolution states Labor will continue on the path towards removing the cost burden of energy, while reducing taxpayer subsidies to ensure vulnerable customers are not impacted.

“At a time when our coal-fired power stations in Collie are aging, it’s vital we recognise how to identify renewable energy projects in the South West of WA where a just transition is needed.

“This resolution recognises the McGowan Government’s focus to ensure new jobs are provided and that workers are re-trained for the transition into new energy technologies.

“The resolution is about protecting our members and their livelihoods. West Australians spoke loudly at the last election that they wanted to keep Western Power in public hands.

“This is about continuing the commitment to the West Australian public and protecting both workers and consumers,” Wayne Wood said.

The Australian Services Union will continue to campaign for a Just Transition and publicly controlled energy leading up to the next election.