Palaszczuk Government proposal puts our Sparkies at risk

22 Apr 2016 3:52 PMJann Stuckey

21st April 2016
• Jann Stuckey, Member for Currumbin backs Save Our Sparkies petition to stop Labor’s electricity giant
• Labor’s Ergon/Energex monolith will unfairly compete with mum and dad businesses
• LNP are standing with our Sparkies in time of uncertainty

State Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey is calling on her electorate to Save Our Sparkies and sign an e-petition to protect local businesses.
Ms Stuckey said the Labor Government was planning to create a new government-owned business to compete against mum and dad sparkies by offering a range of electrical services such as smart meter and solar panel installation.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government is turning its back on Gold Coast sparkies with this plan, which will steal their work and destroy their livelihoods,” Ms Stuckey said.
“I’m calling on our community to help Save Our Sparkies by signing the petition to tell Annastacia Palaszczuk stop her plan that puts our local sparkies’ jobs at risk.”
“The Gold Coast has hundreds of licensed electricians whose jobs will be under threat by this plan.”
Shadow Minister for Small Business and Employment, Tim Nicholls condemned the plan saying there is no demonstrated need for a government sponsored and taxpayer funded monolith.
“Labor’s crazy plan to merge Energex with Ergon and then allow the new company to unfairly bid against sparkies for bread and butter electrical work shows the contempt they have for small business, Mr Nicholls said.
“Labor jumps to attention when the ETU calls but couldn’t care less about the damage they will do to sparkies across the state.”
Shadow Minister for Energy, Andrew Powell said the Labor government could require government agencies to use the merged electricity company rather than their local sparky.
“Will we now see Labor direct all government departments to use this government-owned, taxpayer-funded monstrosity putting hundreds of small business and the families that run them at risk?” Mr Powell said.
Ms Stuckey says “Only the LNP will Save Our Sparkies and I am encouraging all locals to sign the petition at OR”