Gee welcomes ACCC’s ‘punchy’ power price report
“The ACCC has shined a light on what the community has known for a long time: that they are being taken for a ride.”
Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee has welcomed the ACCC’S report on power prices, describing it as “punchier” and going a lot further than he thought it would.
The report, he said, also vindicated the position of The Nationals, which has been to get more base load power into the network.
“We have some major power users in Central Western New South Wales, which collectively employ thousands of people, and without the Australian Government guaranteeing base-load power there is a real risk of investors walking away from them in the longer term,” Mr Gee said.
“The ball is now in the government’s court to implement the ACCC’s recommendations. I’m going to find it very difficult to support the National Energy Guarantee if this doesn’t happen.”
Mr Gee said the ACCC report also vindicated widespread community belief that power companies were gaming the system and gouging consumers.
“The ACCC has shined a light on what the community has known for a long time: that they are being taken for a ride,” he said.
“The task of Federal and State governments is to now fix this broken system.”