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Question Without Notice No. 1567 asked in the Legislative Council on 5 December 2019 by Hon Tim Clifford

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

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JOBS — CLEAN INDUSTRIES

1567. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the Leader of the House representing the Premier:

I refer to the Premier's dedication to pushing LNG jobs over clean industry careers—such as careers in carbon farming, tree planting, renewable energy, land management, renewable manufacturing, green building materials and recycling, and other clean industries.

(1) Will the state government create a task force similar to the LNG jobs task force but designed to grow clean industries in WA?

(2) If no to (1), will the Premier please explain to the house why an LNG jobs task force is acceptable but a clean industry jobs task force is not?

(3) How many full-time equivalents are employed as part of the LNG jobs task force?

The PRESIDENT: Minister for Environment—actually, no; Leader of the House.

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thought I heard Minister for Environment. I am sorry; I am slightly brain-dead. I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1)–(3) The McGowan government is pursuing strategies to put Western Australia front and centre of the hydrogen and battery components industry. With our world-class renewable energy resources, large unpopulated landmass, established energy infrastructure, world-leading expertise in LNG and strong trading partnerships with Asia, WA is exceptionally well positioned to play a leading role in the global hydrogen economy. Whilst still in its infancy, the Australian hydrogen export industry could reach $2.2 billion a year by 2030. Through the McGowan government's renewable hydrogen strategy and a $10 million renewable hydrogen fund, we are working to develop a renewable hydrogen industry in the state and potentially create thousands of jobs for Western Australians.

In January 2019, the McGowan government released the Future Battery Industry Strategy to support the development of a world-leading, sustainable, value-adding, future battery industry that provides local jobs, contributes to skill development and economic diversification, and benefits regional communities. By November 2019, WA had $3 billion of major battery minerals projects under construction or committed, and, in 2018–19, direct employment in WA's battery minerals industry rose 17 per cent to 13 085. The strategy has a clear focus on attracting investment into the sector, providing project facilitation services to generate a diverse downstream processing industry across a range of battery minerals, and supporting research to enhance WA's competitiveness in the global battery value chain through the provision of $6 million in funding to the Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre. The strategy also explores opportunities to support greater domestic uptake of energy storage systems, with the potential to develop capacity and create jobs in WA's clean energy industry.