Power bills will only get even more shock­ing

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

BUND­ABERG and Bur­nett fam­i­lies will see in­creased power bills thanks to the Palaszczuk La­bor govern­ment’s ill-con­ceived poli­cies. The La­bor govern­ment has dis­missed many rec­om­men­da­tions from the Queens­land Pro­duc­tiv­ity Com­mis­sion’s re­port into elec­tric­ity prices, in­clud­ing chang­ing so­lar feed-in tar­iffs and ig­nor­ing rec­om­men­da­tions on im­prov­ing com­pe­ti­tion in re­gional Queens­land. The La­bor Party’s re­fusal to ac­cept the Queens­land Pro­duc­tiv­ity Com­mis­sion’s ad­vice means your fam­ily could end up pay­ing more just so La­bor can meet its poorly con­ceived and un­costed elec­tion com­mit­ments. Pen­sion­ers have al­ready been scared by La­bor’s an­nounce­ment that it would con­sider the re­port’s rec­om­men­da­tion to scrap the $321 Elec­tric­ity Re­bate Scheme for Queens­land Se­niors Card hold­ers. What’s more is they have re­jected the Queens­land Pro­duc­tiv­ity Com­mis­sion’s as­ser­tion that legacy costs of the pre­vi­ous La­bor govern­ment’s So­lar Bonus Scheme are hurt­ing low-in­come house­holds and adding $89 to the typ­i­cal power bill this year. I cer­tainly don’t think it’s fair that Bund­aberg and Bur­nett fam­i­lies are fac­ing higher power bills and I’ll be tak­ing the fight up to the govern­ment to en­sure th­ese changes are put where they be­long – in the bin with their other bro­ken elec­tion prom­ises. Af­ter a year in of­fice it’s clear the govern­ment has no plan to help with power costs. I’ll con­tinue to en­gage with lo­cal res­i­dents and fam­i­lies on the im­pact of pro­posed rec­om­men­da­tions, prior to the re­lease of the QPC’s fi­nal re­port at the end of May.

Stephen Ben­nett Mem­ber for Bur­nett

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