| July 3, 2024

SEC welcomes next step towards a Future Made in Australia

Introduction of the Future Made in Australia bill to parliament today is a major milestone in our global energy transition, and the Smart Energy Council congratulates the Albanese Government for its work on this important piece of legislation.

“The world’s biggest economies are investing heavily in their net zero future and the Albanese  Government, through its Future Made In Australia package, is finally following suit,” Smart Energy Council acting Chief Executive Richie Merzian said.

“By backing Australia’s critical minerals and smart  energy sector, the Government can seize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a renewable energy superpower”

“A Future Made In Australia is a clean, stable and prosperous future that will deliver for workers, consumers, manufacturers, miners and our trade partners as the nation shifts from exporting the climate problem of fossil fuels to the climate solutions” 

“The package will foster a new wave of Australians industries in renewables, batteries, minerals and hydrogen, to meet the growing global demand for climate solutions.

The Smart Energy Council recognises the restoration of funding certainty to ARENA. 

This energy transition must bring us all along with it in a way that helps Australians both unite and prosper. The SEC welcomes the inclusion of the Community Benefit Principles and the key role of First Nation communities, noting more support will be required. 

“The world is decarbonising and it is not an option to sit on the sidelines. This package gets Australia back in the game and now it’s time to move quickly” Mr Merzian said.

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