New South Wales Electricity Charges Will Soon Mirror Queensland’s

New South Wales Electricity Charges Will Soon Mirror Queensland’s

Queensland Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek

Bligh Lies To Queenslanders Again

Victor P Taffa

Queenslanders will soon be paying even more for their electricity, with bills increasing by 63 % since Anna Bligh promised ‘no one would be worse off’ after Labor privatised the industry.

State Opposition and LNP Leader John-Paul Langbroek said the long-term Labor Government’s promise had been broken over and over again, leaving Queensland families struggling with the cost of living.

Yesterday’s draft decision by the Queensland Competition Authority to increase Electricity Bills by 5.83 % means that by the end of 2011/12 financial year, Electricity Bills would have risen by 63 % since Labor privatised Energex and Ergon.

 

“Under Labor, every new day in Queensland brings a new increase in the cost of living.” Mr. Langbroek said.

“Electricity Prices have risen by more than 50 % in the past three years.”

“The 5.83 % increase announced yesterday by the QCA is almost twice the rate of inflation.” Mr. Langbroek said.

“So far all Labor has delivered is another price rise that will add an extra hundred dollars to the average household’s electricity bill next year.”

“Queenslanders are already struggling to make ends meet because of cost of living pressures and this is the last thing they need as they head off on their Christmas holidays.” Mr. Langbroek said.

“Need I remind Queenslanders again that Premier Anna Bligh promised “Nobody – not one Queenslander – will be worse off” under Labor’s Electricity changes.”

“This is just another Labor lie, from Anna Bligh.” Mr. Langbroek said.

Average Household Electricity Bill

% rise

Quarterly

Annual

$289.37

$1,157.50

Year Beginning 1 July 2007 (QCA)

11.37%

$322.28

$1,289.10

Year Beginning 1 July 2008 (QCA)

9.06%

$351.47

$1,405.89

Year Beginning 1 July 2009 (QCA)

11.82%

$393.02

$1,572.07

Year Beginning 1 July 2010 (QCA)

13.29%

$445.25

$1,781.00

Year Beginning 1 July 2011 (QCA Draft decision 16 Dec 2010)

5.83%

$471.21

$1,884.83

Source: Queensland Competition Authority