Black and white and red-faced
THE State Government is moving to set the price Victorians pay for power.
The Sunday Herald Sun understands the drastic step is being actively pursued to cut soaring electricity prices and force power companies to bring down their charges.
Just months after a report recommended re-regulating power prices, the government is now seeking advice on how to implement the radical move.
The report by former Deputy Premier John Thwaites said deregulating power prices in 2002 had not worked and recommended a basic retail price be set by government.
Sources have told the Sun- A FASHION faux pas set tongues wagging in the exclusive birdcage on Derby Day.
Myer face Jennifer Hawkins and Channel 7 presenter and trainer Francesca Cumani both arrived in a designer black and white lace Jonathan Simkhai dress.
Ironically Hawkins had earlier in the day commented the dress had only just made it to Melbourne from the US in time for her to wear, before Cumani was also spotted wearing it.
Women overwhelmingly followed the traditional dress code of the day, embracing the simple black and white combination to striking effect.
In the exclusive marquees block colours dominated over patterns and prints, with just a smattering of stripes, polka dots and monochrome florals.
Exaggerated bell sleeves, dramatic lace, ruffles, tassels and one-shoulder silhouettes were the style statement of the day.
Kennedy special guest Melissa George was a standout in a $20,000 polka dot pleated couture gown from French fashion house Schiaparelli, teamed with a Gregory Ladner wide brimmed hat worn over the shoulder.
“I thought it was a nice change to wear it hanging off the back,” she said.
Block black and white head to toe looks were popular, but both Jodi Anasta and Rebecca Judd bucked the trend, blending the two shades to striking effect.
Ladylike elegance reigned supreme in Myer Fashions on the Field with modest, mid-calf hem-lengths, ‘50s-inspired full skirts and sophisticated skirt and blouse ensembles all popular with the racing purists.
Monelle Mondello, 26, from Northcote was crowned the winner, wearing a tiered stripe skirt, black top and wide brimmed hat.
“It was a very last minute look and I bought it all online, so I was panicking if it would all arrive in time,” said Ms Mondello, who will now return on Oaks Day as one of three contenders vying to compete in the coveted national final. day Herald Sun the State Government had been consulting with consumer groups and industry groups over a proposed regulated price.
“Nothing is being ruled out at this stage,” the source said.
The Thwaites report has found that gas and electricity prices have tripled since 2000, and that millions of Victorians were paying $500 more than the cheapest offer available. CREDIT RATING PLUGGED, PAGE 23
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