Renewable Power Australia – Senator Xenophon Sacks Mate Who Says 50% Renewables Is Mad

Posted on Sat 04/08/2017 by


By Andrew Bolt ~

Federal Senator for South Australia, Nick Xenophon has sacked his top South Australian candidate for correctly saying Labor’s plans for a 50 per cent renewable energy target is “f…ing mad” and will destroy the state.

Xenophon’s party seems hijacked by irrational greens, with fellow Xenophon MP Rebekha Sharkie now ominously calling it “my team”:

Senator Nick Xenophon

Nick Xenophon has dumped via text message a long-time mate and prospective star candidate for the next South Australian elect­ion after a spectacular falling-out over renewable energy policy.

Peter Humphries, a well-known South Australian lawyer with a long association to Senator Xenophon, announced this week his nomination to represent SA Best, a party set up by Senator Xenophon to contest the next state election…

But Senator Xenophon has sent an SMS to Mr Humphries, telling him he had no chance of representing his new party after telling media outlets, including The Australian and the ABC, that high renewable energy targets were reckless and hurt business.

This is despite Senator Xenophon, after September’s statewide blackout, blaming the state’s more than 40 per cent renewables mix and saying South Australia’s energy arrangements were a “textbook case” of how not to transition to renewable energy…

But Mr Humphries’s oppos­ition to SA’s target of 50 per cent renewables by 2025 sparked immediat­e internal division with the Xenophon team. Senator Xenophon’s “golden girl”, federal NXT MP Rebekha Sharkie, said she disagreed with Mr Humphries, saying “myself and my team”, including Senator Xenophon, backed a 50 per cent target.

Yesterday, Mr Humphries stood by his comments, saying it was “f..king obvious” that the Weatherill government’s “reckless rush to embrace alternative energy targets” was “vanity polit­ics” that had devastated the state.

Xenophon has already been overruled by Sharkie on a deal with the Turnbull Government to make welfare cuts.

How often does this happen, that the Left takes over organisations set up for other purposes?

Andrew Bolt writes for the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, and The Advertiser and runs Australia’s most-read political blog. On week nights he hosts The Bolt Report on Sky News at 7pm and his Macquarie Radio show at 8pm with Steve Price.

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