Queensland MPs have voted in support of an ethanol mandate on fuel, saying it is good for the environment and fuel prices.
The Liberal National Party put forward the motion on Wednesday night, which was supported by both sides of Parliament but included amendments by Labor.
The LNP called for the formation of an implementation board to consult stakeholders and consumers, determine preferred ethanol levels for fuel and determine time frames for the introduction of mandated ethanol levels.
Labor supported the idea, but moved amendments to the LNP motion, seeking a broader approach to bio-fuels and to acknowledge the fact Labor was already planning to introduce a bill to mandate the use of ethanol.
The party also criticised the LNP for not addressing the issue when it was in government.
“(It’s) pure political opportunism and you stand condemned by it,” Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne said of the LNP.
Katter’s Australian Party asked for more, calling for a set 10 per cent ethanol mandate that would increase incrementally.
Party leader Rob Katter, who has regularly pushed for an ethanol mandate, said the move would be good for agriculture, the environment and fuel prices.
The Parliament voted against Mr Katter’s amendment, but Labor’s got over the line with the support of embattled MP Billy Gordon and Speaker Peter Wellington’s deciding vote.
Opposition energy spokesman Andrew Powell said the LNP had proposed an ethanol implementation board that would have been required to conduct broad industry consultation and discussion before determining a preferred level for ethanol content in fuel sold in Queensland.
“The LNP acknowledged there were intricacies and impacts that needed to be fully considered before an expanded ethanol producing industry was given the go-ahead,” he said.
Extracted in full from ABC.