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Parliamentary Questions

Question On Notice No. 2597 asked in the Legislative Council on 23 October 2019 by Hon Tim Clifford

Question Directed to the: Minister for Environment
Minister responding: Hon S.N. Dawson
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

I refer to the Transforming Energy Generation section of the Climate Change in Western Australia issues paper, specifically the following statement, “If Western Australia is to make a contribution to national emissions reduction, it is estimated that over $10 billion of investment is required in infrastructure, storage and large scale generation”, and I ask:
(a) over what time period is this investment required to be made;
(b) is the estimated $10 billion of investment a reflection of the total investment required by Western Australia (i.e. private and government investment), or is it a reflection of the investment that is solely required by the State Government;
(c) in reference to the choice of language, “If Western Australia is to make a contribution…”, rather than “When Western Australia is to make a contribution…”, will the Minister confirm whether the Western Australian Government intends to make the $10 billion investment required to contribute to national emissions reduction;
(d) if no to (c), will the Minister please explain why the State Government will not be making this investment; and
(e) if the State Government does plan to make a contribution to national emissions reduction, albeit less than the $10 billion investment required:
(i) what is the predicted cost of that investment; and
(ii) what will that investment contribute to (e.g. infrastructure, storage, large-scale generation)?

Answered on 27 November 2019

Please refer to Legislative Council Question on Notice 2598.