THE Andrews Labor Government’s trivial response to questions in Parliament this week on rising energy costs in regional Victoria is an utter insult to country business owners, says Deputy Leader of the Coalition and Shadow Minister for Agriculture Peter Walsh.
Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio would rather blame others than make sure families and businesses can afford to pay their energy bills.
Agricultural businesses are the lifeblood of our country communities, but when extra money has to be spent keeping the lights on it means there’s less to spend on wages, in local small businesses and on supporting our country sporting clubs.
Closing Hazelwood with no plan to replace the loss of 22 per cent of our state’s baseload power supply and attempting to shift the blame to the Federal Government does nothing to support our rural and regional businesses.
The Premier for Melbourne must stop putting his own job and the jobs of his inner-city MPs who rely on Greens preferences before those in country Victoria.
Unlike Labor, a Liberal-Nationals government would prioritise energy security, affordability and reliability.
Meanwhile, Labor and the Greens have teamed up in the Legislative Council to vote down the Liberal Nationals’ motion to inquire into the impact of soaring energy prices on the Victorian community, says Shadow Energy Minister David Southwick.
In the wake of introducing their ideological renewable energy target, Labor is silencing Victorian households, businesses, not-for-profit community groups, hospitals, schools and aged-care facilities who are struggling to pay their skyrocketing power bills.
Daniel Andrews is desperate to hide the true cost of his forced closure of Hazelwood for Victorians.
Following the introduction of Daniel Andrews’ go-it-alone renewable energy target in Parliament, the cosiness of the Labor-Greens alliance is reminiscent of the Carbon Tax era.
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