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Claire, Solar Citizens

9:08 AM (5 minutes ago)

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Dear Neville —

It’s not every day you wake up to a new Prime Minister (or Prime Minister designate, to be precise).

Within a few hours of Malcolm Turnbull challenging Tony Abbott for the leadership of the Liberal Party he’d won a party room ballot. Now, with a new leader of the country we’re presented with a fresh opportunity to secure Federal government support for the solar future the overwhelming majority of Australians want to see.

Under Tony Abbott’s leadership the Coalition Government did its best to destroy Australian solar. We need to be sure that Mr Turnbull doesn’t follow with the same old-hat harmful and destructive policies his predecessor was so keen to pursue.

Can you write your personal message to our new Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, asking him to Stand Up For Solar, including a goal of at least 50% renewable energy by 2030?


Yesterday Mr Turnbull announced to the nation that he wanted to be the type of leader who “explains the challenges and how to seize the opportunities”, a leader who “respects the people’s intelligence”. 

We’re glad to hear it. Here on the sunniest continent on earth, the majority of Australians want to see more solar and renewables, not less. The Australian people want to harness our plentiful solar resources to power our economy, create jobs, cut electricity bills and leave a better world for our children. I reckon that’s simple and pretty smart for the country too, but he needs to hear from you. Let Malcolm Turnbull know what you think by writing your personal message – use our simple online tool by clicking here.

Stand Up For Solar is our nationwide campaign to make this dream of a sunny future a reality. Dismayed by the Abbott Government’s dinosaur thinking on solar and renewables, we saw that Australian politics was in desperate need of a circuit breaker, a way to raise debate in this country out of the doldrums.

So far we’ve made strong progress, with the ALP committing to at least 50% renewable energy by 2030 in its National Platform. This week dedicated Solar Citizens volunteers are ramping up our snap campaign in Canning ahead of Saturday’s by-election, hitting the streets, tracking the candidates, getting hundreds of solar signs up in front yards and readying to rally at the candidates’ offices on Thursday.

And if you were watching the live coverage of last night’s leadership spill, you may have seen a shining Solar Citizens sun popping up in the background at Liberal candidate Andrew Hastie’s press conference!


I’ll be writing my message to Malcolm Turnbull, telling him that I hope to see a step change from Canberra soon – and that I expect nothing less than full support for a strong, solar and renewable future for all of us.

Let’s grab this moment together: make sure your personal email is one of the first to hit our new PM’s inbox. Send a quick message calling on the new leader of our nation to back jobs, growth, investment, affordable power – and sunshine! – by clicking

For sunshine, every time,

Claire, National Director

Claire O'Rourke

PS. The government might still be working out what’s next, but we’re clear on our vision for a clean renewable energy future. Make sure our new Prime Minister knows that thousands of people want a new vision from the Federal government – send Malcolm Turnbull your personal message today using our easy online tool.

Solar Citizens


Solar Citizens is an independent community-based organisation bringing together millions of solar owners and supporters to protect and grow solar in Australia. You can keep up with Solar Citizens on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

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