15 November 2023
One Nation’s Sarah Game and SA-Best have sided with Labor to scuttle parliamentary scrutiny of the Government’s hydrogen bill – blocking a Greens push for a parliamentary inquiry.
“It's disappointing that SA-Best and One Nation have worked in lockstep with Labor to steamroll their agenda through the Upper House,” said Greens Energy Spokesperson Robert Simms MLC.
“Labor’s hydrogen bill provides a pathway for dirty blue hydrogen, something that was not put to the people of South Australia at the last state election. The Parliament has a right and a responsibility to scrutinise it.”
“While Labor has made much of their bill and hyped up its focus on green hydrogen, I fear there is some gaslighting happening here. After all, blue hydrogen is created using the extraction of fossil fuels in the form of methane gas. There are also significant unresolved questions about whether the bill contains sufficient environmental safeguards and protections for Native Title Land. Why would the Greens simply ignore these major issues and wave the bill through?”
The Greens wanted to ensure that this bill won’t have adverse consequences for our state, but sadly One Nation and SA-Best have thwarted our efforts to ensure that there was appropriate parliamentary scrutiny.”