Who will rein in power prices?

Central and North Rural Weekly - - NEWS -

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.”

PHOTO: ALI KUCHEL

ELEC­TION IS­SUES: Some farm­ers’ power bills have risen by 300 per cent.

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