House debates

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Questions without Notice

Energy

2:51 pm

Photo of Josh FrydenbergJosh Frydenberg (Kooyong, Liberal Party, Minister for the Environment and Energy) Share this | Hansard source

And now it is the Labor government in the Northern Territory, who are sitting on 180 years worth of reserves of gas, and it is the Andrews government in Victoria, that is sitting on 40 years worth of reserves of gas, that are putting restrictions not only on unconventional gas extraction but also on conventional gas extraction onshore. So, if you want to get electricity prices down, pick up the phone to Spring Street, ring 'Dan the Man' and say, 'Lift your moratoriums and bans.' Do not always blame someone else. Ring up the Northern Territory—go on, ring up the Northern Territory. I tell you what, Bill—I tell you what, Leader of the Opposition—your 45 per cent emissions reduction target has been described as reckless and risky. Your 50 per cent renewable energy target is like that too. Only we can be trusted with electricity prices.

Comments

Tibor Majlath
Posted on 14 Jun 2017 5:12 pm (Report this comment)

Can't trust any of them on electricity prices. Pity the Minister doesn't take his own advice - "do not always blame someone else".

If you remove price controls (2015), is it any surprise to see price rises to boost retail margins of 45% by energy suppliers?

The Coalition's GST on an essential service such as electricity and gas is far more costly than the carbon tax ever was. The whole bill (usage + network charges) attracts the GST while the carbon tax only applied to usage.

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