Australian Federal Opposition leader, Malcolm Turnbull's call for "jobs, jobs, jobs" ahead of propping up the property market makes sense - but must be directed to grow Australia's economy more sustainably, according to Western Australia's largest peak body for enterprises supporting sustainability.
Federal Opposition leader, Malcolm Turnbull's call for "jobs, jobs, jobs" ahead of propping up the property market makes sense - but must be directed to grow Australia's economy more sustainably, according to Western Australia's largest peak body for enterprises supporting sustainability.
"As Australia - and the world - grows investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, new jobs will be created across all of the education, research, government, business and community sectors," says Dr Ray Wills, Chief Executive of WA SEA.
"As Prime Minister Kevin Rudd considers the next fiscal stimulus package, support for new projects in sustainable energy will require new jobs in all of these sectors across Australia," says Dr Wills.
"At a time when responses to stimulate the economy are being sought, Government support to ramp up use of Australia's massive renewable energy resources will actually diversify the economy and create widespread investment by business as well."
"To do this the Federal and State Governments need to increase financial incentives for investors."
"In the same way, if Government decides to provide taxpayer dollars in packages to support the property market, these must only available to investors in green buildings and properties. Investors in buildings that don't meet this requirement might still access such support- but first must commit to improving the energy efficiency of their buildings and contract to green energy sources - this too will stimulate demand for office refits and new green energy sources, and so create more jobs."
"Last year, many businesses across Australia were challenged by skills shortages, and were struggling to compete with the salaries the mining industry was prepared to pay for workers. At the time, all industry groups called on the government to increase skills training. This year, the downturn has delivered new capacity in the availability of skilled workers, and we must turn this into an economic opportunity to retrain and start projects that give people sustainable jobs."
"Many businesses in the sustainable energy sector have a large number of positions still unfilled from last year, and with the projected national and global growth as Australia and the world tackle greenhouse gas emissions, this expenditure can support skills training and the growth of jobs, and will help deliver a more sustainable economy for all Australians across all regions," says Dr Wills.
WA Sustainable Energy Association Inc. (WA SEA) Media Release - 23 January 2009
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1. The Western Australian Sustainable Energy Association Inc. (WA SEA) is a chamber of businesses that are providing the commercial solution to climate change through their products and services, or that simply aspire to be more sustainable in their own energy use. WA SEA is supported by a growing membership of more than 200 industry members that includes the majority of the key energy players in Western Australia. www.wasea.com.au.