Power bills will only get even more shocking
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