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New Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows the Abbott government’s attack on renewable energy has cost the country 2,500 jobs since 2011-12.

The findings put the government’s track record on job creation in the spotlight. Some will now view prime minister Abbott’s 2013 election promise to create two million new jobs as empty rhetoric.

If the coalition was serious about jobs in Australia they would start supporting the renewable energy industry instead of attacking it.

It’s time for the Abbott government to come to an agreement on the Renewable Energy Target. Failure to do so will result in more jobs losses and further damage to our economy.

Leigh Ewbank, Friends of the Earth’s renewable energy coordinator


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