Who will rein in power prices?
THERE is no doubt electricity prices will be a major factor in the outcome of the Queensland election.
The jury however is still out on how various parties will positively address this integral issue for regional and rural Queensland. Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) president Stuart Armitage said despite assurances from politicians over several years of ‘downward pressure on electricity prices’, there has been no reprieve and the time for ‘downward pressure’ is over – immediate price relief is needed now.
“The ongoing ‘energy crisis’ continues to have viability and profitability ramifications for Queensland farmers, who over the past decade had experienced electricity price increases of at least 130 per cent,” he said. “For some, the cost of this basic need and critical farm input has risen by 300 per cent. Farmers are fed-up with the lack of action and are looking for those candidates and political parties willing to do what it takes to reform the current broken electricity system.”
ELECTION ISSUES: Some farmers’ power bills have risen by 300 per cent.