Queenslanders continue to be hurt by water and power bills

Queenslanders continued to struggle with soaring electricity and water bills, the LNP said today.

LNP Shadow Minister for Energy and Water Utilities Steve Dickson said the soaring cost of power and water was on everyone’s lips – including the State Energy and Water Ombudsman.

“The Energy and Water Ombudsman in his annual report states that energy and water affordability is still a major issue for Queenslanders – which is hardly a surprise given the price hikes that households and businesses have suffered under the long-term Labor government,” Mr Dickson said.

“Cost of living pressures are literally forcing many individuals and families out of their homes – and it’s not just soaring water and power bills.

“Despite Labor promising their sell-off of electricity retailing and their water reforms would not add to power and water bills, every time the bills arrive Queenslanders feel more pain.

“The tired, 20-year Labor government has hit Queenslanders with a fuel tax, the highest rego in the nation, tripled the cost of licences, and jacked-up every tax and levy possible.”

Mr Dickson said more hip-pocket pain was on its way if Labor remained in office. The best indication of that sad fact is ALP policy that will see water charges increase by 175 per cent over the next seven years.

“The Bligh Government’s devious trick to shift the cost of water from taxpayers to ratepayers is a cynical political strategy – homeowners will be left to pay crippling prices.”

Mr Dickson said the underlying problem was Labor’s years of waste and debt – with the state debt now at $85 billion, costing nearly $600,000 every hour in interest alone.

“We desperately need a change of government to get Queensland back on track.

“An LNP government will lower the cost of living by cutting waste. If elected the LNP will cut living costs for Queenslanders by $250 to $300 a year, including freezing family car rego in the first term, savings from our four point water plan and from reforms to electricity tariffs.”