PUBLIC POWER RETAILER STILL THE LONG TERM SOLUTION NEEDED FOR ENERGY BILL RELIEF

Greens MLC, Tammy Franks, has welcomed the Weatherill Government announcement to deliver power price relief to low income earners as a quick fix, but has renewed the Greens bid for a public energy retailer to provide a long term solution.

“The Weatherill policy is a good short-term fix, but not the long term solution our state needs,” Ms. Franks said.

“This bulk-buy deal with Origin Energy is great news for low-income earners, but we need better than that.

“What we actually need is a public retailer – and importantly, this is not incompatible with the quick fix presented by the Premier this morning.

“We need more details to see if this band aid measure will work, and to see if it will work long-term. It’s no use to temporarily provide relief for power bills for a few years, only for them to rapidly increase afterwards.  

“This scheme does not provide protection for consumers from getting ripped off – it only alleviates some of the pressure on low-income households. We still need a state owned public retailer to ensure
people aren’t getting ripped off by the big power companies.

“A public retailer is the kind of innovative, long-term thinking required to ensure that South Australia is a place that values social and economic fairness. The Greens urge the Weatherill Government to take that next step.”

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