The Palaszczuk Labor Government is using Queenslanders as cash cows choosing to drive electricity prices up instead of managing its budget.
Deputy Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek said Queenslanders would be hit with unfair electricity bills for the next five years under a sneaky plan by Labor.
“Queenslanders deserve better from this Labor Government determined to use them to pay for its promises,” Mr Langbroek said.
“We know Labor doesn’t have a plan on how it will fund its election commitments, pay down debt or deliver quality services but the answer should not be to slug Queenslanders.
“What we are seeing from Labor is a calculated decision to raid the dividends from Energex and Ergon in order to prop up its budget.
“This is evident from the nearly $3.2 billion Labor is ripping out of energy suppliers and Queensland’s hip-pocket.
“It is disappointing to see Queenslanders footing the bill for Labor’s incompetence.”
Mr Langbroek said Queenslanders hadn’t voted for higher electricity prices at the election in January.
“Unlike Labor, the LNP worked hard to drive down the cost of living by removing $7 billion of expenditure from the electricity companies,” he said.
“These efforts were reflected in the Australian Energy Regulator’s draft determination for the 2015-2020 period to keep costs low.
“Now instead of network prices flattening over the next five years, Queensland households will have to endure massive price hikes for another five year.
“Queenslanders deserve better than this.”