Employment Minister Stuart Robert has denied the Morrison government’s $540 million green energy announcement was strategic days out from US President Joe Biden’s climate summit.
The package will see the Morrison government spend $276 million in acceleration four hydrogen hubs in regional Australia, and $264 million in carbon capture projects.
Mr Robert denied the connection between the announcement and President Biden’s summit and said Energy Minister Angus Taylor announced the first hydrogen hub in February.
“Hydrogen is something our country has been looking at for a long long time,” he said.
“When it comes to hydrogen the prime minister made it very clear he wants Australia and hydrogen to be synonymous.
“There is every opportunity for Australia to be known as a hydrogen technology superpower.”