A pensioner’s struggle gives candidate reason to fight
MAREEBA resident, Ms Mason is just one Queenslander out of thousands who is affected by the price of power bills.
The elderly pensioner lives alone and is deducting $45 a fortnight out of her pension to cover the cost of her bill each quarter.
Ms Mason said she lives alone, doesn’t go out and doesn’t spend lavishly.
“I couldn’t believe it. My power bill has more than doubled over the last five years,” she said.
“I don’t have air-conditioning, I only have one fridge and combined freezer and I have been too scared to put my heater on this year.”
Ms Mason said she paid over $300 for her electricity bill in the last quarter and it is increasing each time.
She said when you think about what she gets for the pension there is no wonder why she is struggling.
“I remember my power bill being about $160 to $180,” she said.
“It would be a big help if electricity prices decreased.”
Ms Mason said she buys cheap mince and sausages and she is sure she isn’t alone in her struggle.
One Nation candidate for Cook Jen Sackley said she is really supportive of another coal fire station in the North.
“I think North Queensland needs to stand on our own two feet,” she said.
Mrs Sackley said the current Queensland State Government has been pocketing $1.3 billion annually off energy producers, directing those funds into consolidated revenue.
She said if elected, North Queensland residents will have their electricity bills reduced by 20 percent.
Ms Sackley said as an elderly woman on her own she is also impacted by rising power bills and wants to see prices cut for everyone and not pocketed by the government.
Candidate for Cook Jen Sackley.