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    O'Farrell tries to hide pre-election commitments on solar

    Posted: Wednesday, 18 May 2011 | By: Luke Foley

    The O'Farrell Government last night purged the Liberal Party website to cover up its previous pledge to honour all contracts under the Solar Bonus Scheme.

    The Liberal Party's website stated yesterday that:

    "The NSW Liberals and Nationals policy will ensure that NSW leads Australia in establishing a decentralised energy sector, by honouring the State Government's current commitments..."

    Today, all references to Barry O'Farrell's renewable energy policy on the website have been deleted.

    On the 27th of October last year, the then Shadow Minister for the Environment, Catherine Cusack, told the Parliament:

    "I state for the record that a future O'Farrell Government will honour all accepted applications as a matter of faith."

    Shadow Minister for Energy, Luke Foley, said the O'Farrell Government has broken its promise to the people of NSW by announcing that the solar tariff will be cut from 60 cents to 40 cents for people already in the scheme.

    "Thousands of mum and dad investors will be left out of pocket thanks to the O'Farrell Government's decision to cut the rate paid to households with solar panels by 33 per cent," he said.

    "These are households who did the right thing and installed solar panels on their roof to help reduce our state's carbon emissions.

    "Until yesterday, the Liberal Party's own website said that the O'Farrell Government would honour the contracts that these households signed in good faith.

    "The Premier has now reneged on that commitment and will introduce retrospective legislation that will leave thousands of people worse off.

    "Some families borrowed money so that they could afford to install solar panels and they will now be forced to default on their payments.

    "The Premier lied to households who installed solar panels, he lied to the solar industry and he is now trying to cover it up by removing the evidence from the Liberal Party's website."

     

    Liberal Party website purge:

    The Liberal Party website stated until yesterday that:

    "The NSW Liberals and Nationals policy will ensure that NSW leads Australia in establishing a decentralised energy sector, by honouring the State Government's current commitments..."

    This URL used to link to an article with this quote but the page has now been removed:

    http://www.barryofarrell.com.au/protect-our-local-environment/the-nsw-liberals-nationals-will-introduce-a-renewable-energy-buy-back-scheme.html

    The original page can still be viewed via Google cache here:

    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:GIDwliwJv9cJ:www.barryofarrell.com.au/protect-our-local-environment/the-nsw-liberals-nationals-will-introduce-a-renewable-energy-buy-back-scheme.html+honouring+the+State+Government's+current+commitments&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=au&client=firefox-a&source=www.google.com.au

    On the 27th of October last year, the then Shadow Minister for the Environment, Catherine Cusack, told the Parliament:

    "I state for the record that a future O'Farrell Government will honour all accepted applications as a matter of faith. The Opposition's longstanding opposition to retrospective change will mean that all applications accepted by the Government will be honoured by a future O'Farrell Government."

    Tags: Catherine Cusack, environment, Luke Foley, O'Farrell Government, Solar Bonus Scheme, solar energy

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