Deb to end Labor’s electricity divide

Household electricity bills in Mackay will be slashed by up to $300 in the Liberal National Party’s plan to end Labor’s electricity divide between the southeast and the rest of Queensland.

On a visit to Mackay today, LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said her energy policy would introduce competition to regional Queensland’s electricity market.

“Households in Mackay deserve access to cheaper electricity but the government-owned Ergon Energy has a stranglehold on the market,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Southeast Queenslanders are spoilt for choice when it comes to their energy retailers while Mackay households are chained to Ergon.

“Not only is Annastacia Palaszczuk not letting Mackay residents choose who they buy their electricity from, Labor is subsidising a foreign-owned electricity company to provide cheaper electricity to people in southeast Queensland.”

Ms Frecklington said Alinta Energy entered the southeast Queensland market last year in partnership with the government-owned CS Energy and was able to provide savings of about $350 over two years to households.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk is treating regional Queenslanders like second class citizens and using their tax dollars to provide cheaper electricity to people in southeast. That’s not fair,” she said.

“The LNP will end Labor’s divide and ensure all Queenslanders get access to cheaper electricity and can choose who they buy their electricity from.

“The LNP’s plan would make the market more attractive for retail operators to compete against Ergon’s retail business and ensure all Queenslanders can look for better deals.

“If elected at the October 2020 election, the LNP would introduce reforms to allow other energy retailers to compete against Ergon.”

Ms Frecklington said giving regional Queenslanders the chance to shop around would save households around $300 a year (based on the experience of households in the Southeast where competition is strong and consumers are saving $350 to $400).

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