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Short on ideas, bereft of answers, Labor adopts Liberal power price policy

Sep 19, 2012

Mitch Williams MP

Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources Development


Short on ideas, bereft of answers, Labor adopts Liberal power price policy

The South Australian Liberal Party has welcomed the Weatherill Labor Government’s adoption of its policy to remove exit fees from electricity accounts.

“I am delighted that the Weatherill Government has recognised the merits of our policy,” Shadow Minister for Energy Mitch Williams said.

“In early August, the Liberal Party announced that we would be introducing legislation to the Parliament to remove exit fees for customers whose retailers put up electricity prices at a rate greater than any rise in the standing contract price. 

“Yesterday I gave notice in the Parliament that I would be introducing this legislation. I hope that the Government will support my Bill which will be introduced in Private Members Time on 1 November - a vote at this time will ensure benefits flow to householders at the earliest possible time. 

“The Premier has today finally acknowledged that exit fees are a significant problem within the retail market.

“While today’s news is positive, there is still much to be done about bringing down electricity prices.  South Australians are paying through the nose for the Labor Party’s green and carbon policies. 

“The average household will pay $122 this year and $70 every year after for the solar feed in tariff. The carbon tax will also add over $150 to household bills. 

“The Liberal Party will continue to fight to bring down households electricity bills.  Even if it means finding solutions, and governing from opposition.”

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