Closing the Yallourn power station early is going to have a devasting impact on the economy and social fabric of the Latrobe Valley and the broader Gippsland region.
Today, the Legislative Council has agreed to a Liberal Nationals motion for a cross party Parliamentary Inquiry into the consequence of the Hazelwood closure, as well as the potential devasting impact of the foreshadowed Yallourn closure on this already vulnerable community.
Labor and its supposed local representative, Harriet Shing, showed their true colours by voting against this important motion which focuses on jobs and the economic future of the region.
It follows revelations that Harriet Shing was holidaying in Port Douglas on the very day this most challenging announcement was made.
As stated by Edward O’Donohue, Member for Eastern Victoria Region:
“After being in power for 17 of the last 21 years, Labor has lost touch with the people it purports to represent.
By voting against this motion, Harriet Shing has disgracefully abandoned the people of the Latrobe Valley and Gippsland.”