LNP claims credit for power price stability
POWER prices will finally stabilise for Burnett residents after three years of hard work by the LNP, despite the Palaszczuk Labor government’s best efforts to ignore the issue.
Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett said the final determination from the Australian Energy Regulator should see a flattening in power prices over the next five years.
Mr Bennett said while the outcome was a positive step for Burnett electricity consumers, Labor should be condemned for stalling on the issue.
“The LNP has been calling on the Energy Minister for months to guarantee that the savings the LNP worked hard to secure while in government were passed on to Queenslanders,” he said.
“Today we have finally been given that certainty, but sadly that is just the first of many hurdles to overcome under this Labor government.
“As long as the Palaszczuk government relies on the profits of Ergon and Energex to pay for its election promises, the price gouging of the most vulnerable in our community will go on.”
Mr Bennett said Energy Minister Mark Bailey confirmed that there would be job losses at Ergon and Energex.
“There is also a dark cloud hanging over future electricity price increases while the Palaszczuk government insists on pushing ahead with its flawed electricity merger plan,” he said.
“In the Wide Bay region, electricity prices are impacting the economy and the cost of living, hurting the local economy as businesses are being forced to close and people are desperately looking for work.
“All the experts agree that merging the state’s power companies will result in less competition and higher electricity bills for everyone.
“This is going to cost jobs and hurt a large number of pensioners and families in Wide Bay.”
Mr Bennett said only the LNP had a plan to reduce cost-of-living pressures.
“The Palaszczuk government is holding Queensland back. Labor would rather charge Queenslanders, through their electricity bills, to pay for its election promises and help manage its budget,” he said.
“Only the LNP has a plan to take Queensland forward and unleash its true potential.”
BAD PLAN: Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett says the Palaszczuk government’s electricity merger plan is flawed.