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6 February 2009 14:37

You'll recall that a week or so ago I wrote a short post wondering why Australia had decided not to join the new International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). At the time, I thought the Department of Climate Change had carriage of this issue, so I asked them for comment. I subsequently learned that it was in the Department of Minerals and Energy's bailiwick, so I went to the Minister for his thoughts. Mr Ferguson's media adviser sent me the following statement:

The Government has not made any public announcement about its IRENA position and will do so when appropriate. Australia did attend the founding conference, as an observer, to ensure we are able to make an informed decision.

No specific comment, then, on the suggestion made to me by a reliable source that Australia's decision was taken for reasons relating to our bilateral relationship with Germany, one of the co-founders of IRENA. I'll let you know if there are further developments.

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