The Andrews Government introduced a new tax which forced the Hazelwood power plant to close its doors, then promised electricity prices would only go up 4% as a result.
On 3AW’s Neil Mitchell program on 3 November 2016, Daniel Andrews said: “Any increase will cause pressure on household budgets, I acknowledge that. But the numbers are more in the order of 4% or 85 cents a week.”
This week it was revealed the price of the power bill increase is 10% in just the next six months, while more increases are expected from the full impact of Hazelwood’s closure in March.
Comments attributable to Simon Ramsay, Member for Western Victoria:
Daniel Andrews assured Victorians the Hazelwood closure would increase prices by just 4% but a confirmed 10% hike shows he is either terribly incompetent or a liar.
First he introduced a new tax which forced Hazelwood to close its doors, then he promised electricity prices would only go up 4% and now we find out it’s really 10% in just the next six months.
This is typical behaviour for the Premier, who also promised scrapping the East West Link contract wouldn’t cost a cent, yet $1.2 billion later we are still paying for it.
His error means households will have to pay an average of $160 more on their annual bill, which is about $120 more than he led us to believe.
Businesses will be hit even harder, with some complaining of 30% increases, which will ultimately lead to greater costs for customers.
This is a flow on effect, it’s from just about anybody that uses power all the way through so it’s your local coffee store, your butcher, your baker, every store that uses power will have to either try and sell more coffee and bread or pass it on to consumers.
Industry has made it absolutely clear today that the responsibility of power price rises rests with the Andrews Labor Government and their damaging energy policies to increase the tax on coal by $252 million and implement a go-it-alone Victorian renewable energy target.