Senator Milne explained that under a minority government, much progress could be made on establishing a renewable energy grid, as this is one of the major goals of the three independent Members of Parliament who will be playing a large role in policy decisions over the next governmental term.
However, real progress will by stymied, Senator Milne warned, if players in the clean energy industry do not form a united front.
Senator Milne said that the unique minority government scenario that will be in place for the next three years is a fantastic opportunity for the clean and renewable energy industries to push for real policy changes, only if the kind of changes sought can be agreed upon, and agreed upon quickly.
“This is the best political opportunity we’ve ever had. We’ve got a minority government for three years, then we are going back to majority rule," Senator Milne said.Article continues below…
Senator Milne’s keynote address was met with a standing ovation from some EcoGen 2010 delegates, and many in the audience had the chance to ask Senator Milne further questions about her party's clean and renewable energy policies.
Greens developments since EcoGen 2010
A pre-requisite for Greens support of the formation of the Gillard Government was the establishment of a Climate Change Committee, an arrangement that Prime Minister Gillard has actioned since Labor’s re-election.
In late September, Ms Gillard announced the formation of the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee and Senator Christine Milne has been appointed as co-deputy chair.