Flynn MP urges action on rising electricity prices
FLYNN MP Ken O'Dowd is urging the State Government to do something about electricity prices to help businesses and families.
Mr O'Dowd has pointed to the comparatively high price of Queensland electricity against other states as evidence that action needed to be taken to address the situation.
"If you compare the price of electricity in New South Wales and Queensland, you see that down south they get electricity 35% cheaper than we do," Mr O'Dowd said.
"In Victoria, the problem is even more severe, because their prices are 65% cheaper than ours.
"I am appealing to the Queensland Government to recognise the destruction the rising electricity prices are having on families and businesses all over Queensland."
Mr O'Dowd said that he had written to the new Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia, Josh Frydenberg, asking him to come to Gladstone and listen to nervous residents.
He said it was important for Mr Frydenberg to understand the nature of the situation so that a realistic response from the Federal Government can be agreed upon.
"There is concern for possible job losses, and I want to look at options for federal intervention," Mr O'Dowd said.
"The current situation is intense and causing panic among the community."
Mr O'Dowds said Gladstone was home to several major industries that have felt the brunt of a record six-year low in the price of commodities.
He said cheap electricity was vital to keep these industries afloat, and he intends to raise the issue until something is done to alleviate the pressure on businesses.
"I want to know why our electricity costs so much more than in other states, because it is doing damage when the resources sector is already at rock bottom," he said.
"It is critical for industries in my electorate that they have cheap, affordable power, and it is absurd that we are exporting resources to other countries that have no natural resources, but cheaper electricity than us."