Keeping electricity prices down
THE Palaszczuk Government offers a range of electricity rebates and concessions for low income earners, those consuming more energy due to medical conditions, for rural communities in drought and remote communities.
This Budget we extended the Electricity Rebate for Queensland Seniors and Veterans Card holders to include Health Care Card Holders.
This provides $ 340.85 assistance in 2017- 18 for low- income households. We’re backdating this payment to January 1 for any Health Care Card holder who applies before the December 31, 2017.
If you think you may be eligible for this, call 13 74 68 for further information.
After the 43 per cent electricity price hikes we saw under the LNP, it’s fair to say Queenslanders are feeling the pinch. So I’m proud to say the Palaszczuk Government is tackling this issue head- on.
The Government is investing $ 1.16 billion into our Powering Queensland Plan that’s putting downward pressure on electricity costs for consumers and maintaining our electricity assets in public ownership.
We have been able to keeping average household electricity price increases to about 1.9 per cent per year – the lowest retail price increase of all Australia’s mainland states.
In stark contrast, the LNP tried to sell our energy businesses and reduce concessions for pensioners and seniors by passing the rebate cuts by the Federal Government.
CURTIS PITT, Queensland Treasurer.