Labor party leader Bill Shorten . Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times
Labor party leader Bill Shorten . Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times Rob Williams

Shorten pledges commitment to RET goals

LABOR leader Bill Shorten has pledged to work with "anyone" to achieve the goals of the Renewable Energy Target, after unions weighed in, urging it to negotiate with the government.

The Abbott government is considering its response to the Warburton Review of the RET, which proposed cutting the target back significantly.

But as most of the Senate crossbenchers have vowed to support the target when it comes to a vote, the government may need Labor's support.

Mr Shorten said on Wednesday that while the Opposition was "not up for just scrapping" the target, he was prepared to work with anyone to achieve lower energy prices for consumers.

However, after the Australian Workers' Union publicly urged Labor to allow the aluminium industry exemptions, Mr Shorten lent the proposal his support.

He said that while renewable energy was a "plus for Australia's future", there was no doubt that "vulnerable emissions intensive trade-exposed sectors like aluminium" should be carefully considered in any changes to the target.

- APN NEWSDESK


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