Labor’s power con
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