Gippsland South The Nationals Electricity

Labor fails to ease power price shock

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien says the Victorians who least can afford it are paying the most for electricity under Daniel Andrews.

As the Andrews Labor Government refuses to sign onto the Federal Government’s plan to bring down power prices, the National Energy Guarantee, figures released this week show power prices in Victoria continue to rise.

Mr O’Brien said data from St Vincent De Paul Society showed Gippsland households and residents were paying more than anywhere else in the state.

“We’re paying more and more for power with households in the Gippsland region, particularly those around the Sale area, paying around $3,300 a year which is the highest in the state,” Mr O’Brien said.

“This has a huge impact on not just families, but businesses too. It means people have much less money in their pocket each month and it’s putting pressure on businesses to remain viable and guarantee job security.”

Mr O’Brien said he regularly had electricity prices raised with him by constituents, including families, businesses and especially local farmers.

“Estimates show that under a national strategy, household power bills are predicted to fall by $550 a year.  For Victorian families currently struggling with cost of living pressures, $550 a year makes a real difference.

“But instead of trying to cooperate with other governments and find a sensible national approach to actually help people, Daniel Andrews continues to play politics with energy.”

Mr O’Brien said Labor’s recent announcements about solar subsidies were an admission that Labor’s energy policies were hurting ordinary Victorians.

“If Labor hadn’t tripled the coal royalty leading to the early closure of Hazelwood power station, energy prices wouldn’t have soared as they have.

“Gippslanders are paying the price for Labor’s poor energy policies which are designed to appease inner-city voters, not to ensure a reliable, affordable supply of electricity.”

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien with Greg Peddle who holds concerns about high electricity prices.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

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