Monday, 26th November 2018
Macdonald Calls On State Government To Match AGL Power Price Discount
South East Queensland residents on standing offers will benefit from lower power prices as a result of Australian energy company AGL heeding the Morrison Government’s call for cheaper consumer energy.
However, Northern-based Senator Ian Macdonald has voiced his concern that North Queensland families are missing out on similar savings due to the greed of the Queensland Labor Government.
“I am delighted that the Coalition Government’s positive action on power prices is delivering relief to more than 150,000 Australian families, and 27,000 small businesses.
“But there are many North Queensland families and business owners who are struggling with rising power bills, particularly those in drought-affected areas, and they too are desperate for relief.”
“But because energy in the North is provided through a state-owned monopoly, this kind of price reduction is just not on offer,” Senator Macdonald said.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk’s government could do something about this today. But they won’t.”
Senator Macdonald said the state government has to answer to North Queensland families about the lack of competition in the energy market.
“The State Government monopoly provider is robbing customers of choice and savings,” Senator Macdonald said.
“I call on the State Government to stop playing politics with energy prices and to provide immediate relief to families in North Queensland who are paying an unacceptable premium for their energy, just to earn huge profits for the State Government.”
“If they were serious about easing cost-of-living pressures the state government would stop gouging North Queenslanders and would match the AGL price reduction that the Morrison Government has helped to achieve.”