ABC News Online, 17 September 2009
The federal Opposition has criticised Climate Change Minister Penny Wong for abandoning a solar incentive program for people in outback communities.
Last night's 7.30 Report found that the Remote Solar Scheme - which subsidised half the cost of going solar - was scrapped in June amid high demand.
Shadow climate change minister Greg Hunt says Senator Wong is heading to Washington to discuss action she has taken, yet she has overlooked one of the most vulnerable communities.
"There's a simple challenge for Senator Wong. Tell the delegates at the international conference that she is forcing outback Australians to switch from solar to dirty diesel because she cancelled their remote solar program."