Pauline champions coal future

VISITORS: One Nation Party Leader Pauline Hanson and Senate candidate Jennifer Game believe a coal-fired power station should be built in South Australia.
VISITORS: One Nation Party Leader Pauline Hanson and Senate candidate Jennifer Game believe a coal-fired power station should be built in South Australia.

Senator Pauline Hanson's party, One Nation, are targeting South Australia in the upcoming federal election and have selected a candidate to run in Grey.

Exmilitary truck driver David Stone will be running for One Nation in a bid to raise the party's profile in regional South Australia.

Senator Hanson has started her federal election campaign in SA with Senate candidate Jennifer Game by her side. The duo visited Whyalla on Tuesday to speak with locals about issues in the area.

Ms Game is campaigning for a coal-fired power station to be constructed in South Australia to help sure up the electricity grid.

She said the job prospects in renewables were 'bleak' following the failure of Solar Reserve's $650 million solar thermal power plant proposed for Port Augusta and the cloud over the Lincoln Gap Wind Farm.

That jobs drought, plus a lack of reliability in the electricity grid, the price of electricity and a lack of water could be addressed by a new coal station, according to the Senate-hopeful.

"We have plenty of high quality black coal...there's no reason why a high efficiency, low emission coal-fired power station for $3-5 billion couldn't be built here," Ms Game said.

"It can run the Adelaide Desalination Plant...and the water that is then returned to Adelaide can be left in the Murray River. At the moment Adelaide draws all its water from the Murray."

Ms Game said a coal station would help ensure the desalination plant could run 24-hours a day and supply half of Adelaide's water needs.

"That is quite a large amount of water and that water could be left in the Murray," she said.

Senator Hanson stressed that her party was not anti-renewables, but that South Australia was going backwards in part because of an over-reliance on renewable energy.

She said another key issue in the state was the high level of poverty in the electorate of Grey, with 18 per cent of children living below the poverty line.

"If you're paying huge money for your rent, water and electricity there's not much left to feed your kids," Senator Hanson said.

"Your essential services should remain in the hands of the government for the people, not in the hands of foreign ownership."