The Electricity Price Gap Widens


More criticism this week of power prices for regional and remote Queenslanders from Liberal National Party Shadow Energy Minister Michael Hart who says yet again people outside the South East Corner are left propping up a Government deal that favours those near the capital.

Mr Hart says the Labor Government has stitched up a deal with Alinta Energy for the South East but won’t lift a finger for the rest of the state.

From this week, Alinta Energy has increased its discount on energy usage rates for its 100,000-plus customers in South East Queensland from 25 per cent to 28pc.

At the same time the best an eligible household is the bush can hope for is a $75 a year discount from the government owned Ergon Energy.

The bias has also been revealed by the Queensland Competition Authority  with a report that reveals households located outside the Brisbane region are paying up to $500 more a year for their electricity.

Prices in regional areas are also expected to increase by the inflation rate at a minimum.

Mr Hart says all Queenslanders deserve cheaper power prices.

“Labor have stitched up a deal to help the south east but won’t lift a finger for the rest of Queensland. In regional Queensland they miss out altogether on the Alinta deal.”

“Labor has ignored the recommendations of its own Productivity Commission to introduce competition into the retail electricity market. Labor need to focus on cheaper electricity for all and end the money merry-go-round.”