A strange thing happened on the radio last Wednesday morning.
While discussing the recommendations her panel had made about the running of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, chair of the Panel, Jillian Broadbent, let slip that the Coalition “hadn’t been very interested in speaking to me despite my preparedness to brief them on our findings.”
So senior Coalition front benchers, Andrew Robb and Joe Hockey, who’ve been attacking the CEFC for months, hadn’t even bothered to accept a briefing to learn how the body would run! A few moments later, Shadow Climate Minister, Greg Hunt, gets on radio and says that Broadbent is playing politics.
So our rapid response team leapt into action and started emailing Robb, Hockey and Hunt, asking them to accept the briefing offer.
By mid-afternoon we’d had responses, with Andrew Robb putting out a press release claiming to have already contacted Broadbent’s office about a briefing and Greg Hunt tweeting us, telling us he was arranging a time. We sent them more messages asking them to let us know how the briefings went, which we’ll report to you as we find out.
The following day, letters were published in The Age, Financial Review and the Sydney Morning Herald.
Our main campaign targets know that attacks on bodies like the CEFC that support renewables won’t be taken lying down.