Labor's solar push puts some heat on Newman

LABOR'S push to win the State Election has continued with pledges on solar power, while Premier Campbell Newman is committing to cutting red tape for business.

Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk promised yesterday to introduce a four-point scheme for solar energy supporters if her party was elected.

Labor promised a fair price for solar energy fed into the power grid, no discriminatory solar fees, $50 million for a trial of storage technology, and a target of one million solar roofs in Queensland by 2020.

Solar Citizens national director Claire O'Rourke said renewable energy from the sun would give Queenslanders control over power bills.

"The support for solar energy announced ... today would go a long way to winding back the Newman government's attack on solar," Ms O'Rourke said.

The LNP's small business policy promises to cut red tape, reduce electricity and water bills, keep taxes low and invest $590 million in innovation.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland said Mr Newman's "bold action" was needed to help business operators.

"The LNP small business policy creates further certainty and confidence for the business community that will in turn further encourage investment and employment creation," CCIQ general manager Nick Behrens said.


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