House debates

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Questions without Notice


2:40 pm

Photo of Bill ShortenBill Shorten (Maribyrnong, Australian Labor Party, Leader of the Opposition) Share this | | Hansard source

My question is to the Prime Minister. The Courier Mail reports that the Morrison government is threatening Queenslanders with the forced privatisation of their state-owned power assets, with the energy minister saying they are on notice. Why does the Prime Minister support the privatisation of power assets, which leads to higher power prices? Why is he threatening Queenslanders with more privatisation and higher power prices?

Photo of Scott MorrisonScott Morrison (Cook, Liberal Party, Prime Minister) Share this | | Hansard source

Well, as is his habit, the Leader of the Labor Party is just not telling the truth. One truth he can point to, though, is that the Queensland electricity industry is owned by the Queensland government. As the Queensland government have been dividend-stripping out of the Queensland electricity industry to prop up their financial mismanagement, you know who's been paying for it? Queenslanders. Why are power prices higher in Queensland for Queenslanders? Why have they been paying higher prices? Because the Queensland government are gouging them. They are the ones who are responsible, who are overseeing the increases in power prices in Queensland. Because the Queensland Labor government don't know how to manage money, what they've been doing is jacking up power prices to strip that money away from mums and dads, pensioners, small businesses and family businesses.

So, if the Leader of the Labor Party wants to come into this House and talk about the ownership of electricity assets in Queensland, he must take responsibility as the Leader of the Labor Party for having a partnership with a Queensland Labor government that are happy to rip off electricity customers and put the money into their own failed budgets.