What the new PM could mean for solar Down Under


The tumultuous ride experienced by Australia’s solar industry looks set to take another new twist, with the country to see a new Prime Minister who is likely to be more supporting of solar and renewables than former Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Abbott himself took the mantle at the country’s Liberal Party back in 2009 largely on the back of opposition within the party of former leader Turnbull’s progressive policies on tackling climate change. Tony Abbott won the 2009 leadership ballot by one vote.

So what to expect from Prime Minister Turnbull and what would it mean for the solar industry? While difficult to say with any certainty, Turnbull’s position on combating climate change has never been ambiguous. Particularly in his time on the backbench following losing the Liberal leadership to Tony Abbott, Turnbull was outspoken in his support for strong action on climate change.

“I will not lead a party that is not as committed to effective action on climate change as I am,” Turnbull told the ABC. In a post-leadership spill blog he went one step further: “While a shadow minister, Tony Abbott, was never afraid of speaking bluntly in a manner that was at odds with Coalition policy. So as I am a humble backbencher I am sure he won’t complain if I tell a few home truths about the farce that the Coalition’s policy, of lack of policy, on climate change has descended into.”