With another power price rise on the horizon, Minister Duigan is again missing in action in his new energy portfolio.
Today, TasNetworks has released its revised proposal for transmission pricing, which reveals yet another massive increase to Tasmanians’ power bills.
The proposal will include an increase to the average Tasmanian bill of $81 next year, followed by rises of $47 and $49 in the two years after. That’s another $177 on every Tasmanian’s power bill.
Small businesses are also being slugged an extra $486 over the next three years, with rises of $171, $155 and $160 set to yet again increase the cost of doing business.
It was not good enough that Minister Duigan didn’t know about this price rise when asked about it last week in TasNetworks’ GBE scrutiny committee.
After running the economy into the ground over the past 10 years, the Liberals have turned to using state owned energy assets as ATMs to prop up their broken budget. This reckless energy policy is having a direct impact on power bills.
Tomorrow will see the start of hearings for the Parliamentary Inquiry into Power Prices, which help us get to the bottom of skyrocketing increases to Tasmanian bills.
Tasmanian Labor has a policy to cap power price increases at 2.5 per cent a year for Tasmanian households and small businesses so that Tasmanians truly pay a Tasmanian price for Tasmanian power. We would legislate to achieve that within 100 days of taking office.
Luke Edmunds MLC
Labor Member for Pembroke