Victorian Senator Richard Di Natale of the Australian Greens has defended the role of science in policymaking during the debate on the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment (Excessive Noise from Wind Farms) Bill. Yesterday morning, the Australian Senate was considering the request of anti-wind duo, Senator’s Madigan (DLP) and Xenophon (Ind), to reintroduce their bill targeting wind farms for “excessive noise”.
The fresh attempt to advance the bill allowed Senator Di Natale to enter the debate and present a cogent argument against the bill. On the alleged health impacts from wind farm noise, Di Natale, a doctor and medical health specialist, said “It is the spread of misinformation that causes harm; not the wind turbines themselves.”
What was the result of the Madigan and Xenaphon’s latest push? Rationality prevailed in the Australian Senate. It voted 36 to 32 to against the anti-wind farm bill.