Keep­ing elec­tric­ity prices down

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

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.

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