Queenslanders will pay more to keep the lights on, with power prices continuing to skyrocket due to the Palaszczuk Government’s disastrous mismanagement of its Callide generators.
The two Callide generators, which contribute a major proportion of the State’s energy, will now be offline for more than three years after a further one-year delay was exposed today.
This is another broken promise from the chaotic Palaszczuk Labor Government, which failed to maintain the generators and failed to fix them, which is now sending electricity prices skyrocketing.
Both the Auditor-General and Queensland Competition Authority have exposed the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s failures to properly manage the Callide generators as directly responsible for higher electricity costs facing Queenslanders.
The Palaszczuk Labor Government promised on 150 occasions power prices would go down under Labor, and they haven’t.
Shadow Energy Minister Pat Weir said the chaotic Palaszczuk Labor Government had failed Queenslanders time and again on Callide, with no plan to fix the systemic issues.
“For two years has Palaszczuk Labor Government has allowed these generators to sit idle, after failing to maintain them, knowing their failure to act would hit Queenslanders in the hip pocket,” Mr Weir said.
“It’s little surprise Queenslanders are seeing their electricity bills skyrocket as a result.
“If these generators are offline for another twelve months, how much more will Queenslanders be paying to keep the lights on?
“Restoring these generators should be a priority for the Palaszczuk Labor Government, but instead they’re in a state of chaos and crisis, desperately trying to cover-up their failings.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government promised on 150 occasions power prices would go down under Labor, and they haven’t.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s constant state of chaos and crisis is making life much harder for Queenslanders.”
Shadow Treasurer David Janetzki said Queenslanders could not afford the high price of the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s chaos and crisis.
“Queenslanders deserve to know when the Callide generators will be restored and when their electricity bills will come down,” Mr Janetzki said.
“Every day these generators are offline Queenslanders are paying more on their electricity bills.
“Families are cutting back on costs, they are making the difficult decision about whether to pay their power bill or put food on the table.
“In a cost-of-living crisis, governments should be easing pressure on cost of living, not making it more difficult for Queensland families to make ends meet.
“While the Palaszczuk Labor Government is focused on their own chaos and crisis, they can’t deliver the cost-of-living relief Queenslanders are crying out for.”
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