Senate debates

Thursday, 15 December 2022


Treasury Laws Amendment (Energy Price Relief Plan) Bill 2022; Second Reading

3:54 pm

Photo of Larissa WatersLarissa Waters (Queensland, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

I move Australian Greens second reading amendment on sheet 1791:

At the end of the motion, add ", but the Senate:

(a) notes that:

(i) Australia's energy market is a mess, with big coal and gas companies making money hand over fist and consumers paying the price through skyrocketing energy bills, and

(ii) this mess is the inevitable consequence of decades of Labor and Liberal policies to privatise Australia's energy system and their failure to properly tax the earnings of the big coal and gas producers; and

(b) calls on the Government to:

(i) introduce a windfall tax on coal and gas companies,

(ii) use the funds to freeze household electricity bills for two years at the same rates as prior to the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, and

(iii) raise the rate of income support payments above the poverty line".


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