LNP claims credit for power price sta­bil­ity

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.”

PHOTO: HXDYL

BAD PLAN: Mem­ber for Bur­nett Stephen Ben­nett says the Palaszczuk gov­ern­ment’s elec­tric­ity merger plan is flawed.

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