Foley slams Government hypocrisy on retrospective legislation

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Shadow Energy Minister Luke Foley today slammed the O'Farrell Government's hypocrisy on retrospective legislation – after Planning Minister Brad Hazzard said he would not consider retrospective legislation in his own portfolio.

"Brad Hazzard is refusing to consider retrospective legislation in his own portfolio because he recognises the damaging precedent it sets," Mr Foley said.

"Meanwhile, thousands of mum and dad investors will be left out of pocket thanks to the O'Farrell Government's plans to retrospectively cut the rate paid to households with solar panels by 33 per cent.

"Barry O'Farrell is sending a dangerous message that NSW Government contracts are not worth the paper they are written on."

Planning Minister Brad Hazzard today said the need for retrospective legislation would prevent him from intervening in planning approvals for wind farms:

"If that wind farm has progressed under Labor’s part 3A laws, that brings up the whole issue of retrospectivity and I’m afraid we won’t be able to probably assist.”

- Brad Hazzard, Alan Jones Breakfast Show, 23 May 2011

"Brad Hazzard recognises the dangerous message retrospective legislation sends – why won't Barry O'Farrell offer families with solar panels that same security?" Mr Foley said.

"These are households who did the right thing and installed solar panels on their roof to help reduce our state's carbon emissions.

"Last week the Liberal Party's own website said that the O'Farrell Government would honour the contracts that these households signed in good faith.

"The Premier has now reneged on that commitment and will introduce retrospective legislation that will leave thousands of people worse off.

"Barry O'Farrell's Planning Minister won't tolerate retrospective legislation in his own portfolio – Barry O'Farrell needs to stop the lies and honour his contract with the mums and dads of NSW."