In October 2016, the Australian Senate initiated an Inquiry into policy mechanisms to encourage the retirement of coal-fired power stations and to “ensure minimal community and individual impact” from the closures.
In this submission, VCOSS describes the closure of Australia’s coal-fired power plants as “inevitable” and argues for:
- The adoption of place-based approaches to assist local communities;
- A strengthening of health and community services, and;
- The increased provision of education, training and job opportunities.
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