Labor votes NO to electricity price limits

4 Dec 2008 3:28 PMJann Stuckey

4 December 2008

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey, last night voted with the Opposition to the motion that ensure Queensland families not paying a substantial increase in electricity prices.

Any hope Queenslanders held of the State government protecting them from rampant electricity charges which are set to soar a further 14 per cent, were dashed last night when Labor Members voted down an LNP motion to give the government veto powers.

Gold Coast Labor members joined Premier Bligh to vote down the LNP’s commonsense motion to give the Mines and Energy Minister the power to disallow unfair electricity price rises.

Mrs Stuckey said, ‘Electricity prices were now set to rise even further and under Labor’s market changes increases would hit 30 per cent over the past two years.

“By voting down the LNP’s motion in State Parliament, the Bligh government has shown its absolute contempt for Queensland electricity consumers.

“Premier Bligh repeatedly promised that no-one would be worse off under Labor’s deregulated electricity retail model, but all we’ve had is price hike after price hike.

“Despite Ms Bligh’s promises, her Government will cause Queenslanders to pay 30% more, which equates to hundreds of dollars extra per household each year.

“Gold Coast Labor members boast of standing up for battlers. Last night they said to Queensland families struggling to pay bills and put food on the table, the best they can do is say no to reining-in these massive price rises.

“The Bligh Government has made it transparently clear that they are neither interested nor prepared to help ordinary Queensland consumers.”

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