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Why has Daniel An­drews’s con­nec­tion with elec­tric­ity charge rises in Vic­to­ria gone un­chal­lenged?

On Jan­uary 1 2017, with the stroke of a pen, he tre­bled the amount that Vic­to­rian Power Sta­tions have to pay his gov­ern­ment for brown coal used in the gen­er­a­tion of elec­tric­ity, this was not just a sim­ple cash grab from the power sta­tions, it sent a shock wave through both the cost and struc­ture of our elec­tric­ity sys­tem!.

This was a cal­cu­lated strike, back at the cor­ner­stone of the sys­tem, with con­tin­u­ing ef­fects.

Do not be de­ceived into be­liev­ing that he had noth­ing to do with elec­tric­ity price rises in Vic­to­ria.

He has not only con­trib­uted to­wards caus­ing them, but has an on­go­ing vested in­ter­est in price rises as­so­ci­ated with his ac­tion.

With the has­tened demise of Hazel­wood in the fol­low­ing March the re­main­ing power sta­tions had to in­crease their prices to re­main afloat.

They ab­sorbed 15 per cent of the cost in­crease and passed the rest through the re­tail­ers to all con­sumers in Vic­to­ria.

We, the con­sumers, pay the re­tail­ers (who get the blame for the in­creases) who pay the power sta­tions, who col­lect it for the gov­ern­ment, add it to their re­main­ing share, and pass the cash grab to Daniel, who waits, hope­fully un­no­ticed, back at the coal face, col­lects the money, and laughs all the way to the bank.

The amount that we, the con­sumers, con­trib­ute to the An­drews Gov­ern­ment for this in­crease is ap­prox­i­mately 85 per cent of the 200 per cent im­post on ev­ery tonne of brown coal used in elec­tric­ity pro­duc­tion, caused by Daniel An­drews.

Gen­er­ous Daniel’s elec­tion schemes to re­duce the cost of elec­tric­ity and por­tray him as the good guy in all of this are only chick­en­feed com­pared to his cash grab..

His $1.2 bil­lion scheme to con­nect homes to so­lar power over 10 years will be slow to take any no­tice­able ef­fect and will cost the gov­ern­ment the reck­less sum of five cents per day per head across our 6.6.mil­lion pop­u­la­tion.

Maybe less than the cost of the pa­per it’s writ­ten on.

So much for “What I say is what you get and what you get is what I say”.

Phil Ed­wards, Drouin

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