Wednesday, 31 2017
Queenslanders will be hit with higher electricity prices under Labor
• Palaszczuk policies cause electricity price surge
• Households will be paying $105 more a year, small business $200 more a year
• Debt-laden Government-owned generators drive up electricity prices
• Regional Queensland paying more because of bad Labor policies
Glen Elmes, Member for Noosa, said that Regional Queenslanders have been kicked in the guts by Annastacia Palaszczuk’s bad electricity policies and that the do-nothing Labor Government was ignoring the needs of all Queenslanders.
Households will be slugged $105 more because Labor has loaded up government-owned electricity companies with $5 billion* of debt – forcing them to increase prices.
“Instead of listening to regional Queenslanders who are saying they can’t afford to pay more for electricity, Labor has bowed to government-owned electricity companies which have argued for higher prices, meaning higher profits and bigger dividends for the Government,” Mr Elmes said.
“Every energy policy Labor has is driving up electricity prices.”
Mr Elmes said Labor’s renewable energy target would see Queenslanders pay over a billion dollars more in the next decade.
“Queenslanders will be subsidising electricity prices in New South Wales and Victoria,” he said.
“Labor’s game of hide-the-debt has left government-owned energy companies with an extra interest bill of hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Queenslanders are paying these interest costs through higher electricity prices.
“Labor treats electricity like an alternative form of taxation and we all know Labor is addicted to higher taxes.”
Mr Elmes said south-east Queenslanders were also set to pay more on July 1 when electricity retailers jacked up prices because of the debt-laden government-owned generators.
* link to Queensland Auditor General’s Report – Energy: 2015–16 results of financial audits, Page 26 -
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