Senate debates

Wednesday, 30 March 2022

Questions without Notice


2:57 pm

Photo of Simon BirminghamSimon Birmingham (SA, Liberal Party, Minister for Finance) Share this | Hansard source

South Australians should have confidence that what our government has done in supporting SA—investing in defence and infrastructure and supporting regions—has made a fundamental difference in job creation and economic opportunities. South Australians, like all Australians, are paying lower taxes thanks to our government. South Australian businesses, including small businesses, are paying lower taxes thanks to our government. South Australians, indeed, like others across the National Electricity Market, are paying lower electricity prices thanks to our government. Let's take that, for example. Electricity price averages, when the Labor Party was last in office, grew by 12.9 per cent, but under our government we've brought that back to 0.4 per cent throughout the life of our government, with, indeed, a reduction of eight per cent over the last two years. That means that, if you're in SA or elsewhere across the NEM, you get the opportunity, as a rural or regional person or anybody else, for more cost-effective living and business. (Time expired)


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