La­bor’s power con

Balonne Beacon - - NEWS/WELCOME -

AN­NASTA­CIA Palaszczuk’s week­end power price an­nounce­ment has been laid bare as noth­ing more than an elec­tion eve con job from a govern­ment des­per­ate to cling to power.

For the last three years La­bor has used our pub­licly owned elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tors as a se­cret tax col­lec­tor – al­low­ing them to price gouge Queens­lan­ders and then suck­ing out all the div­i­dends to prop up their dis­mal bud­get. Now, in noth­ing more than a piti­ful vote-buy­ing at­tempt, An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk is say­ing she’ll give a measly 96 cents a week back to Queens­lan­ders and pay for it from power com­pany div­i­dends – the very same div­i­dends La­bor al­ready spent in their last bud­get. Un­der La­bor’s plan your power bill will still go up and you’ll have to pay more taxes to pay off bal­loon­ing state debt which is now fore­cast to hit $81 bil­lion by 2020.

If La­bor was se­ri­ous about eas­ing power bill pain, they’d adopt LNP poli­cies and build a high-ef­fi­ciency, low-emis­sions, coal-fired power sta­tion in North Queens­land to boost baseload sup­ply; cut ex­ec­u­tive bonuses paid to power bosses un­til elec­tric­ity prices fell; and scrap their crazy 50 per cent re­new­able en­ergy tar­get. — Tim Ni­cholls, LNP Leader

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