Opposition seeks to extend axed solar rebate scheme

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says a private member's bill will be introduced into federal parliament to extend the federal government's axed solar hot water rebate scheme.

Under Labor's renewable energy bonus scheme, rebates of $1,000 were offered to Australians to install a solar hot water system, or $600 to install a heat pump hot water system.
 
The scheme was due to continue until June, but the government closed it on Tuesday of this week.
 
Abbott visited the Rheem manufacturing plant at Rydalmere in western Sydney on Friday and spoke to workers about the scheme.
 
He said the termination of the scheme would make it difficult for the manufacturing industry.
 
"We believe in solar, that's why solar is a very important part of our direct action plan to reduce emissions and improve the environment," he told reporters.
 
"What we want to do immediately from opposition is get our private member's bill into the parliament.
 
"That will ensure that the money the government has allocated is spent on this scheme, and that the scheme continues at least until the previously announced termination date."

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