A pen­sioner’s strug­gle gives can­di­date rea­son to fight

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS - Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

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.

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