House debates

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Questions without Notice


2:29 pm

Photo of Angus TaylorAngus Taylor (Hume, Liberal Party, Minister for Energy) Share this | Hansard source

Families and small businesses up and down the Central Coast will benefit from our plan for more affordable, reliable energy, announced by the Prime Minister and me yesterday. Our plan will lower power prices by stopping the price gouging from the big energy companies. We'll be bringing legislation forward to this parliament this year. Our plan will lower power prices by establishing a price safety net to be in place by 1 July with a down payment from the big energy companies from 1 January. We're backing investment in fair dinkum reliable generation, with a short list of projects by early next year. From 1 July, we'll require energy companies to invest in that fair dinkum electricity generation years ahead, to meet customers' needs.

The rip-offs have to stop. The AEMC has found that customers on standing offers could be paying up to $832 more than available market offers to those households. But it gets worse, because small businesses could be paying up to $3,500 more in higher electricity prices than alternative offers in the market. This shows just how outrageous those standing offers are.

The member asked about risks posed by alternative approaches. We know what the alternative is. The alternative is a big, new carbon tax. Labor's targets are way higher than they were last time and their carbon tax will be way higher than it was last time. Their tax will drive up prices, just like they have in Labor's experiment in South Australia, as we saw in Blackwood just last week. We are on the side of Australian households—(Time expired)


Tibor Majlath
Posted on 26 Oct 2018 8:28 am

Are we to believe that there was no price gouging under the previous Labor government and that energy prices increased 100% because of a 10% carbon tax on electricity usage?

Didn't we hear of the gold plating of poles and wires by energy companies to prop up falling profits under the Labor government and as a result network charges kept increasing which did not attract the carbon tax?

The Minister is right in that "The rip-offs have to stop".