Entsch lashes gov­ern­ment on power prices

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Chris Cal­cino

LEICHHARDT MP War­ren Entsch has told par­lia­ment res­i­dents of the Far North are be­ing treated like cash-cows when it comes to elec­tric­ity.

In a 10-minute speech on Tues­day night, he tore shreds off the state gov­ern­ment for ig­nor­ing a Queens­land Com­pe­ti­tion Au­thor­ity warn­ing that Er­gon En­ergy must be forced to com­pete with new re­tail­ers.

“The state La­bor gov­ern­ment is ad­dicted to the rev­enue the state-owned gen­er­a­tors and re­tail­ers pro­vide it,” he said.

“They are unashamedly goug­ing fam­ily house­holds, busi­nesses and man­u­fac­tur­ers in my elec­torate and tax­ing them by stealth.”

Mr Entsch said con­sumers were pay­ing the price.

“The Queens­land La­bor gov­ern­ment proudly spruik they own the gen­er­a­tors, dis­tri­bu­tion net­works and re­tail­ers,” he said.

“But they have re­peat­edly demon­strated they have no in­ter­est in cre­at­ing com­pe­ti­tion in the mar­ket.

“Why would they? By hav­ing con­trol over these ver­ti­cally-in­te­grated be­he­moths they have an un­lim­ited ATM called the Queens­land tax­payer.”

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