444. Hon ALISON XAMON to the minister representing the
Minister for Energy:
This question without notice of
which some notice has been given is on behalf of Hon Tim Clifford who is out of
the chamber on urgent parliamentary business.
I note the International Energy
Agency recently reported a staggering plunge in global demand for coal, oil and
gas during the pandemic, with only renewable electricity proving resilient.
(1) Is the Premier concerned that the state's
wilful reliance on the volatile LNG industry rather than renewables will
leave Western Australia vulnerable to future global crises?
(2) How does the
state government plan to increase investment in renewable energy to ensure the
state is better prepared for future energy shocks from global crises?
STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
thank Hon Tim Clifford for some
notice of the question. I note the honourable member has asked the Minister for
Energy the question but then asks, ''Is the Premier concerned''?
Nonetheless, I will provide the answer that has been provided to me by the
Minister for Energy.
(2) A summary of the McGowan government's
initiatives to increase investment in renewable energy was recently tabled in response to question without
notice 415, and I refer the honourable member to that document.