Hanson energy policy $ 3b shy
BURDEKIN MP Dale Last claims there is a $ 3 billion “black hole” in One Nation’s energy plans after the minor party declared it would fund a new coal- fired baseload power station in North Queensland.
One Nation at the weekend announced a plan to use its influence in the next state parliament to axe Brisbane’s $ 5.4 billion Cross River Rail project and use the money to fix the North’s water and power crisis.
The party also wants to spend $ 1.5 billion on a coalfired power station, $ 360 million on water security for Townsville, including $ 110 million for treatment plants, and $ 750 million on a hydro- electric power station and Stage 2 of the Burdekin Falls Dam.
One Nation also pledged to cut power prices by 20 per cent.
LNP MP Mr Last said in order to slash energy costs, One Nation would have to scrap the uniform tariff policy.
“One Nation say they will convert $ 1.3 billion returned each year from the government- owned energy businesses into a 20 per cent cut in power bills, but this would mean scrapping the uniform tariff policy which subsidises electricity prices in regional Queensland,” he said.
“The uniform tariff policy is worth an average $ 485 million a year, so people in r e g i o n a l Queens l a n d don’t pay more.”
Mr Last said One Nation’s energy policy was “pure voodoo economics”.
“If you live in regional Queensland, a vote for One Nation is a vote for Labor and bigger not smaller power bills,” he said.
However, Queensland One Nation leader Steve Dickson said One Nation would not change the subsidy.
“Because we don’t have to,” Mr Dickson said.
“We have enough money that we’ll be saving through the procurement processes.”
One Nation also announced a “better managedgovernment” procurement policy which would end the “preferred providers” system and open the scheme to any business interested in working with the government.
“What we’re talking about annually ( is) Labor and LNP ripped out $ 1.3 billion from energy producers,” he said.
“If we push that back into the energy provider it will reduce ( costs) by 20 per cent.
“We’re looking at the $ 1.3 billion that’s been pricegouged from generators.”