Friday 20th January 2016
Andrews caught out as electricity prices skyrocket
Electricity prices are now confirmed to go up by around 10%, a big increase on Daniel Andrews previously announced figure of 4%.
The news follows Daniel Andrews new tax which forced the Hazelwood Power Station to close its doors; he then promised electricity prices would only go up 4%, and now we find out it is 10% in just the next six months.
On the 3AW 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.”
The real increase in electricity costs means households will have to pay an average of $160 more on their annual bill instead of the less than $50 promised by Daniel Andrews.
Member for Ripon, Louise Staley MP said this week’s price increase would be a savage blow to residents.
“Daniel Andrews ideological crusade on coal power has seen already seen Hazelwood close, thousands of workers lose their jobs and now electricity bills will increase by 10% this will bite hard into the budgets of local families.” Ms Staley said.
“Many local families already struggle to pay their bills; now Daniel Andrews is forcing them to scrimp and scrounge for another 10% to keep the power on.”
“This is a flow on effect, and just about anybody that uses power is affected. 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.”
Local Business owner Wendy Lloyd from the Tangled Vine in Beaufort claimed the Andrews Government electricity price hike would hit them hard.
“Life is hard for local shopkeepers, we get stung everywhere, and our income often fluctuates with the weather; it is very hard to cope with”.
“Despite having the same electricity usage, our bill has already gone up 100 dollars over the past month, which is money I’ll have to find from elsewhere in the business to survive”.
“This increase will mean we can’t buy as much as stock, which impacts our ability to compete with businesses outside of Beaufort.”