Bill Shorten used his time in the Sunshine State today, to pledge Labor’s funding commitment to renewable energy. He says it’s the energy of the future.

Paxton Roth reports.

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What better place to talk up Labor’s environmental platform than at the official opening of a wholesale solar power distributor.

Bill Shorten, Opposition Leader: “If Labor wins on July 2nd well, renewable energy, a future for Australia, here we come.”

Bill Shorten pledged a $100 million investment to set up ten power hubs for small communities.

The money will be used for both solar and wind power generation.

Bill Shorten, Opposition Leader: “We know that by banking in renewable energy, it ticks the box of action on climate change, it ticks the box about helping downward pressure and keeping downward pressure on electricity prices.”

Mr Shorten said Australia shouldn’t be lagging behind the rest of the world.

In other news, Mr Shorten clarified that if elected Labor will only keep the deficit levy for ten years.

Bill Shorten, Opposition Leader: “We will have rigid budget discipline. We also have got a real economic growth strategy for real jobs which will prioritise funding our education system. TAFE, Universities, schools, child care.”

Jobs and growth, sounds familiar.

Politics aside, the Opposition Leader will throw his support behind the Maroons team tonight at the first state of origin match in Sydney.

Paxton Roth, QUT News.