South Australian Liberal wind farm policy
This page was written in 2015 when the SA Liberals were in opposition. I've added some notes in January 2019, after the SA Liberals came to power under Premier Steven Marshall following the election of 2018/03/17.
Will the SA Liberals stick with the same anti-renewable energy policies
that are so unpopular with the Australian people that they helped get the
Victorian Liberals thrown out after only one term?
The Victorian Government of Baillieu and Napthine had the most draconian wind
power laws of any government in the world.
It was a policy of giving the
right of veto to any householder within two kilometres of a proposed wind
turbine, not allowing any wind farm to be within five kilometres of a
town and disallowing wind farms in large parts of the state.
It was much easier to get approval to dig a coal mine, build a coal-fired
power station or frack under a valuable aquifer than to build a wind farm.
This policy effectively put a stop to the multi-billion dollar wind power
industry in Victoria, took much needed income away from many farmers, and no
doubt helped to get the government thrown out
on November 29th 2014 after only one term.
(It was the first one-term government in Victoria in sixty years.)
At the time of writing, the South Australian Liberal Party had much the same
Written 2014/12/04, modified 2015/01/19
Further notes added, where indicated, in January 2019
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It seems that the SA Liberals of the Marshall Government have had a huge change of heart since I wrote this page.
Unlike their federal counterparts they seem to have recognised that the Australian people want action on climate change and, in particular, want more renewable energy.
David Ridgway, then Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, now Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment in the Marshall government, was vocally and dishonestly opposed to wind power.
Since the Liberals came to power he has been very quiet on the subject.