Power price pain worsens in Central and Western Queensland

Member for Gregory Lachlan Millar has warned Central and Western Queensland residents are being ripped off by a Brisbane-centric Labor Government.

“Labor’s joint venture between the state-owned generator CS Energy and private retailer Alinta Energy, announced over the weekend, is expected to save households $350 – but only if you live in South-East Queensland,” Mr Millar said.

“The rising cost of electricity is hurting individuals, families, small businesses, manufacturers and farmers in every part of Queensland.

“Every day, I’m hearing reports from people about the rising cost of their kitchen table bills – electricity, water and rates.

“More people than ever are living beyond their means, racking up credit card debt just to cover the cost of household bills.

“Some small businesses in my electorate have seen their power bills triple.

“Labor is using increased power prices to secretly tax Queenslanders - we’re all paying for it but under Labor’s latest power price brainwave, only taxpayers in the south-east corner will benefit.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government have proved again, they are a government for Brisbane, not a government for Queensland.

“The wholesale price of electricity has increased by 70 per cent under Labor – it started with Beattie and Bligh and it’s only getting worse under the Palaszczuk Labor Government.

“Coupled with Labor’s pursuit of an unrealistic 50 per cent renewable energy target, it’s no wonder people continue to pay through the nose for electricity.

“Queensland cannot afford another three years of Labor.

“Only the LNP is committed to putting downward pressure on electricity prices and reducing cost of living expenses for all Queensland households.”