Former opposition leader Bill Shorten has supported new gas investments as a way to help “double down” on manufacturing in the post-pandemic economic recovery.
Speaking to the ABC’s Insiders, Shorten was asked about subsidies for gas infrastructure, and replied that gas would remain important in the transition to greater levels of renewable energy.
“I was formerly a union rep, I used to look after workers in manufacturing,” he said.
“You can’t have a manufacturing sector, from Qenos in Botany and Altona through to foundries, through to the four smelters in aluminium, the steel industry, unless we have low-price energy. I think gas does tick some of those boxes.