Backing new coal-fired power stations like 'supporting unicorns,' Anthony Albanese says

Federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese has likened the prospect of backing new coal-fired power stations in Australia to believing in unicorns.

Labor leader Anthony Albanese

Labor leader Anthony Albanese Source: AAP

Anthony Albanese has given his strongest statement to date about the future of coal in Australia.

Repeatedly asked if a future Labor government would allow new coal projects to proceed, the federal opposition leader said: "You may as well ask me if I support unicorns."

"I don't think there's a place for coal-fired power plants in Australia, full stop," he told ABC radio on Tuesday.

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A fresh round of infighting has broken out within the coalition over climate and energy policy, after the federal government promised $4 million for a feasibility study into a coal-fired power station in north Queensland.

"The truth is no private sector operation will touch a new coal-fired power plant with a barge pole," Mr Albanese said.

"This is hush money for the climate change deniers in the coalition."

Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan.
Nationals senator Matt Canavan. Source: AAP


Former resources minister Matt Canavan is the loudest backer of the Collinsville project.

Ahead of a coalition partyroom meeting in Canberra, Senator Canavan was squaring up for a fight.

"I welcome people have different views - some of my colleagues or others - want to have a different opinion to mine, that's their right," he told reporters.

"I just hope that they'd consider at the next election coming up to Collinsville with a convoy, perhaps of cars and vehicles, and holding a rally there to protest against a coal-fired power station.

"Particularly if they live in Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmania. Please come up to north Queensland and tell us how we're all morally corrupt, it'd help us a lot."


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Published 11 February 2020 at 9:16am