House debates

Monday, 20 August 2018

Questions without Notice


2:12 pm

Photo of Tanya PlibersekTanya Plibersek (Sydney, Australian Labor Party, Deputy Leader of the Opposition) Share this | | Hansard source

My question is to the Prime Minister. Is legislating the government's energy policy an issue central to government policy? Is it of vital importance?

Photo of Malcolm TurnbullMalcolm Turnbull (Wentworth, Liberal Party, Prime Minister) Share this | | Hansard source

What's of vital importance is getting energy prices down. That's what Australians want us to do. I would have thought the Deputy Leader of the Opposition would understand that we need to ensure that the rapid rise in energy prices, way above the rate of inflation, has gone on for too long. We've taken strong measures to bring it down. It's starting to come down and we have to do more. What we are doing is using the recommendations from the ACCC to ensure that we have the tools to make the big retailers, the big energy companies, serve their customers and deliver for them. That's our commitment: cheaper electricity.