We all know that there is an energy crisis here in Victoria. The government took the decision, which was an amazing decision, to close Hazelwood, which provides 22 per cent of Victoria's base load power. The government keeps talking up renewables in this state, which is terrific, because we all know that it works well when the sun is shining and the wind is blowing, but that is not always the case. We need to have guaranteed base load power to make sure that the wheels of industry can keep going, which will sustain jobs and investment. As well as that, it will also ensure that people can turn on their air conditioners to keep themselves cool, particularly the old and honourable in our community.
With the threats of blackouts and brownouts that will inevitably happen this summer, the government has decided to install diesel generators to keep the electricity grid going in Victoria. It is an irony that the government closed Hazelwood for being too dirty and then installs diesel-burning generators for electricity. Even the TV show Utopia would be embarrassed by this proposal.