Tuesday, 24 October 2017
Statements by Members
Isn't it wonderful to hear members of the Labor Party complain about electricity prices? We know that under their watch there was a 100 per cent increase. They come into this chamber and they complain about electricity prices. I can tell you, Mr Speaker, the constituents in my electorate know one thing: they will get lower electricity prices under a Liberal coalition government than they will under a Labor government any single day of the week.
I say to the Labor Party: if you are really concerned about electricity prices, if you are really concerned about protecting jobs in this nation and doing the best thing you can for this nation, abandon totally your 50 per cent unreliable energy target and abandon totally your 45 per cent reduction in emissions and your Paris target. Come on board with the coalition. Sign up. Sign up to the National Energy Guarantee. Sign up to the coalition's policies. You talk about bipartisanship and you talk about providing certainty for the market. The energy minister sitting down there in the front has given you the opportunity to do so. It's time you put aside your ideological dreams with the Greens, get on board with the policy and put consumers first before going after the green votes of the basketweavers of Balmain.