Renewable Energy Is Our Future





The Renewable Energy Party is a new political party registered under Australian law. Help us to assert our right and the right of our children to live in a clean and healthy environment. Our party is a community-based organisation that is working to build an environmentally friendly and non-polluting energy future right now. The technology exists and the need for change is urgent and evident.

The major parties in Australia, beholden to coal and gas companies, have made a complete mess of climate change policy.

As concerned citizens and voters, we are no longer willing to sit back and watch as the Liberal-
National Coalition and Labor continue to make disastrous energy decisions backed by a compliant mainstream media, at the expense of our children’s future.

We want Australians and Australian businesses to benefit from the extraordinary opportunities in renewable energy. We do not want multinational fossil fuel giants operating from overseas tax havens to get the lion’s share of taxpayer energy subsidies.

The Renewable Energy Party is a strong voice in the Australian political context for the established science which shows that climate change is real. Rapid expansion of renewable energy and the phasing out of fossil fuels are an essential part of an effective response is the most effective remedy to climate change.

We want our children to inherit a healthy planet. Action on climate change is our best hope for a better present and a more promising future.

Renewable energy creates more jobs per unit of energy delivered than fossil or nuclear fuels. Our aim is to put pressure on the major political parties to redirect the $23 billion in taxpayer funded subsidies paid annually to oil, gas and coal companies to renewable energy enterprises.

We aim to support research into and the development of renewable energy,  micro/community/smart electricity grids, public transport including a super fast train line,  non-fossil ­fuel powered public and private transport, and energy efficient technology.

We support a strong and independent CSIRO, ARENA and the CEFC.

We want to publicise the facts about global warming and climate change and we support putting a price on carbon. We oppose current fracking practices in Australia, the development of new coal mines particularly the the Adani­ Carmichael and Shenhua­ Watermark coal mines, and the importation and storage of nuclear waste in Australia.

We support the installation of renewable energy within remote indigenous communities and in public spaces such as schools and government buildings.

We support an increase in the feed­ in tariff for renewable energy, and the provision of incentives for residential and business renewable installations, including battery installations.

We aim to build strong relationships with our Pacific neighbours affected by climate change, to support developing countries to embrace renewables, and to support international bodies and international agreements which are proactive in addressing climate change and support renewable energy. We oppose those which do not, including the current Trans­-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

You are invited to join the party to create a clear, strong voice in Australia for a renewable energy.




We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.

Native American Proverb



Renewable Energy Party National Policy Statement

Guiding principles

Renewable Energy Party policies are based on:

  • The employment and economic opportunities for Australia in building the energy systems of the future for both electricity and transport.
  • The utmost urgency in moving to net zero emissions to limit global warming to 1.5°C.
  • The need to engage the whole community and all levels of government in making the transition to a renewable and sustainable future.
  • A recognition that a sustainable future which provides safety, security and meaningful engagement for all citizens of the world is incompatible with the vast inequalities that exist today in access to political power, income and capital.

Driven by science and policies that work

Our policies will be informed by the best available scientific information and by policy research that takes into account the financial, social and economic impact of proposed changes.

Based on cooperative action

Meeting the targets agreed at the Paris COP21 will require concerted action by communities, business and government at all levels. We will work with all groups, organisations and political parties that accept the need for urgent action on climate change and the role that renewable energy can play in this transition.


  • By 2030 all of Australia’s electricity will come from renewable sources.
  • By 2035 Australia should meet around 40% of our transport needs with renewable energy.
  • Ensure that by 2050 at the latest, Australia achieves net zero greenhouse gas emissions across the whole economy (including electricity, transport, farming and land use).


Transition planning

  • Invest in a well-trained clean energy workforce.
  • Ensure a just transition for coal communities with programs for orderly closure of coal fired power stations, site rehabilitation and retraining of the workforce.
  • Ensure that all government planning and policies takes into account the impact of climate change. In particular recognising that many ‘natural’ disasters including floods, fire and drought will be made more frequent and more extreme by climate change.
  • Provide assistance to farmers and agricultural businesses to adapt to changes brought about by climate change.

Electricity market reform

  • Leave the existing 2020 Renewable Energy Target (RET) as it is and introduce an expanded target of 100% by 2030.
  • Rewrite the National Electricity Objective to recognise and support the transition to renewable energy.
  • Reform the national electricity market rules so that networks are rewarded for future services they provide in supporting distributed generation and energy conservation rather than being rewarded for the over-investment of the past.

Energy policy

  • Remove fossil fuel subsidies (including capping the diesel fuel rebate) and reallocate the money to funding the transition to renewables.
  • Double Australia’s energy productivity by 2030.
  • Provide industry with certainty and support long term investments through a predictable and increasing price on greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Build the right renewables in the right places with reverse auctions.
  • Establish a program to support grassroots initiatives by local communities to generate renewable energy locally, engage in energy efficiency measures, and develop innovative models of energy trading.

Research, development and commercialisation

  • Restore and build on CSIRO’s ability to support basic climate research, as well as modelling local climate impacts in Australia and planning adaptation measures.
  • Increase ARENA’s 2016-2022 budget from $1.3 billion to $2 billion and give it permission to make grants again.
  • Support investment in renewable energy and efficiency solutions through innovation and commercialisation initiatives such as ARENA, the CEFC and Cooperative Research Centres (CRC).

The Renewable Energy Party acknowledges the rigorous research which has gone into establishing that a rapid transition to renewable energy is beneficial and affordable. In particular we will be supporting the implementation of the Homegrown Power Plan.

Investment opportunity

  • The total global market investment in renewable energy and efficiency solutions between 2013 and 2035 is expected to be US$28 trillion in order to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius (450ppm of CO2). This represents the majority of world energy investment over the next two decades.
  • Renewable energy solutions require upfront equipment costs rather than the ongoing high fuel costs of fossil energy. This means that the investment opportunity will be at its strongest during the energy transition phase and recede into the renewable energy future.
  • Australia has a renewable energy advantage due to its extensive coastline, prevailing wind conditions and high exposure to sunlight. In addition, Australia is in a position to capitalise on this renewable energy advantage as an advanced economy with an established industrial capacity, developed infrastructure and strong skills base.
  • Global emission reduction efforts will negatively impact on Australia’s fossil energy trade balance. Global demand for Australian coal is likely to decline faster than Australia will reduce its oil consumption. Unmitigated oil consumption will result in a growing fossil energy trade deficit in the foreseeable future.

We acknowledge the work of Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) in producing its 2016 report on renewable energy investment opportunities Renewable Energy Superpower.



Our People

Peter Breen

Peter is a former independent member of the New South Wales Parliament (Legislative Council) and a former member of both Labor and the Liberal parties. He founded the Renewable Energy Party (formerly the Human Rights Party) and he is National Co-ordinator of the party which will field candidates at the 2016 federal election.

Peter is a defamation and media lawyer and the author of several books including the defamation practice manual ‘Protecting Reputation’ published by Smokeball. He lives in Byron Bay on the New South Wales north coast and he is working on a book about minor parties in the Australian Senate based on his experience as a legal and policy adviser to Senator Ricky Muir of the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party.

Peter agrees with the 97 per cent of climate scientists who say that man-made climate change is real and we need to do something serious about the global temperature rise predicted for the end of the century. Peter’s curriculum vitae and publications and further info about his work is available at

Diane Thomas

Diane is a trained library technician, accounts clerk and environmental activist. She holds a degree in information management from the University of Technology Sydney. Diane has joined the Renewable Energy Party as treasurer. She is a mother of five children, and grandmother, and she believes the change to renewable energy is essential if her descendants are to enjoy a habitable planet.

Diane is a keen bushwalker and has traversed numerous walking trails in Australia and New Zealand. She has experienced firsthand the effort required to protect the natural environment from the advances of the man-made environment. She is a vocal opponent of coal seam gas mining and attended the Bentley protest in northern New South Wales.

Diane lives at Byron Bay and is studying to improve her library worker qualifications. She is a prolific reader and has just completed Naomi Klein’s seminal work 'This Changes Everything'. The book ends with a question worth recalling: ‘History knocked on your door, did you answer?’

Susan Perrow

Susan has an extensive background in education, writing and therapeutic storytelling. Based in Lennox Head, on the east coast of Australia, Susan founded the Byron Bay Periwinkle School and helped establish the Cape Byron Steiner School. She travels extensively giving workshops and training seminars for teachers, parents and therapists – in Africa, Europe, the US, Asia and China.

Her therapeutic story work has led to the publication of two resource books – ‘Healing Stories for Challenging Behaviour’ and ‘Therapeutic Storytelling: 101 Healing Stories for Children’ (Hawthorn Press UK). Both books have been translated into several languages including Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese and Croatian. Susan’s e-book series ‘A Spoonful of Stories’ was launched in 2013. For further info:

A mother of three sons, and a grandmother, Susan believes that a sustainable future for Australia (and the world) means finding solutions to global warming.

Graham Askey

Graham trained as a marine engineer for BHP Limited at Newcastle. Since 1971, he has lived in the northern rivers of New South Wales. He started the Lismore Echo newspaper in 1991, working as distribution manager and local council reporter. He has served on the Lismore Council’s Floodplain Management Committee since 1989.

Graham is a longstanding student of electoral politics and in particular the proportional preferential voting system. He has earned a reputation as the north coast’s answer to ABC election analyst Antony Green. He was the Registered Officer of the HEMP Party for 15 years. The party came within an ace of electing senators in Queensland and Western Australia at the federal elections in 2013.

Graham is now the Registered Officer of the Renewable Energy Party and is devoting his time and energy to registering the party and having its candidates elected to the House of Representatives and the Senate. He says the need for change to renewable energy is apparent and urgent and we can make the change with government commitment.




John Clifford Adam

John has been involved in the building industry for the last 35 years in Australia, South Africa and Kenya. As one of the Directors of 'African Leaf', a child sponsorship program in Nairobi, John organised the construction of a boarding house for 90 children and their carers. He continues to work and raise money for orphaned children in Africa.

John now resides permanently in northern New South Wales. He is a father and grandfather concerned about the state of the natural environment he is leaving to his grandchildren. John became involved in the Renewable Energy Party in an effort to promote renewable energy awareness in government policy and industrial opportunity.

James Moylan

James is an academic and writer who lives at Lismore on the north coast of New South Wales. He has been married to Sharon for two decades and they have a nineteen year old daughter, Tayla. He conducted surveys of heritage gold and mineral fields in Queensland during the 1990s. More recently, James was president of the student union at Southern Cross University for two terms – 2010 and 2011.

James holds a double degree in arts/law with first division honours in law. He is admitted to legal practice as a solicitor in Queensland. He has been involved with minor parties and political lobbying for many years. In the federal election 2013, he was the HEMP Party’s campaign manager, and he stood as a candidate for the Senate.

Joining the Renewable Energy Party as campaign manager is a new lease of life for James. Why the Renewable Energy Party? James says: “We have the ability, right now, to reinvent the way we generate, store and utilise energy. We can, as human beings, reduce our impact on the planet, and repair the damage already done. And because we can do it, we are obliged to do it, for ourselves and for our children.”


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