Statement from Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester MP:
It's important to note that there has not been any formal announcement by Hazelwood's owners but I'm deeply concerned about the ongoing speculation.
When and if Hazelwood closes is a decision for the owners.
I successfully fought the Labor Party's flawed 'contract for closure' scheme because I was opposed to wasting taxpayers' money to shut down an important source of local jobs and reliable energy supply.
There is no Federal Government policy which would force Hazelwood to close.
If Hazelwood does close in the near future, there will be a need for all levels of government to work together to provide funding for infrastructure upgrades, skills training and others initiatives to secure jobs in our region.