Renewable Energy defeats National Security

Voters in the West Australian seat have confirmed they would back a 50% renewable energy target (RET), in an election ran for conservation groups and Solar Citizens.

Renewable energy is of greater interest to voters in Canning unlike national security and two-thirds of voters would back a 50 percent renewable energy target, based on the vote released on Thursday.

The ReachTel poll, which took place on Monday night for an alliance of the Wilderness Society, the Conservation Council of WA, and Solar Citizens, showed that 13.4 percent of respondents chose renewable energy as an issue that would affect their vote, compared with 12.8 percent who chose national security.

A second phase, ran by Essential Research for GetUp, showed that 48% of floating voters would be less likely to vote for the Liberal candidate, Andrew Hastie, if the Abbott government limited the renewable energy target and cut investment for the renewable energy industry, whereas 43% of all analysed voters would be most probably to vote Liberal if the renewable energy target were cut

Both votes put the Coalition in a slight lead in two-party-preferred terms, 51% to 49%. The late Liberal MP Don Randall, whose sudden death in July brought about the September 19 by-election, held the seat by a margin of 11.8%.

Claire O’Rourke, the national director of Solar Citizens, indicated clean energy was a cost-of-living agenda, because incentive rising residential solar PVs paved way residents to cut the cost of their electricity bill.

“Renewable energy is a huge growth industry in Canning and Western Australia, especially with the mining boom coming to an end,” O’Rourke said.

“This poll shows that the people of Canning will vote for a party that adopts ambitious renewable energy policies.”

GetUp’s campaign director, Sam La Rocca, said the results indicated the decreasing of the RET was a “vote loser”.

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