Lyons Independent, Mr John Tucker and Bass Independent, Mrs Lara Alexander said, “The commitment by both major parties to change the Hydro charter to deliver Tasmanian prices for Tasmanian power is welcome, but it doesn’t go far enough.

“We need to get rid of the $100 million hidden tax that has been driving up power bills for years, worsening the cost-of-living crisis.

“Our demands to put Tasmanians first were flatly rejected by the Government during the previous Parliament and that was a big factor in our decision to leave the Rockliff Liberal Party.

“For the Rockliff Liberals this change represents a political dead-beat conversion. It is remarkable what imminent political mortality can do for party focus” Mrs Alexander said.

However, neither the Rockliff Liberals nor the Labor policy goes far enough.

“Shifting the focus from trading in the national market to putting Tasmanians first should fix the issues from the Hydro end. But the biggest problem for rising power bills has not been Hydro. It has been the aggressive taxation of the Rockliff Government, using Hydro as a cash cow” Mr Tucker said.

“In the past two years we’ve seen prices rise by 21.5% as the Government deliberately drove up power prices in a tax grab by Treasury to the tune of a $100 million. This needs to stop” Mrs Alexander said.

“Tasmanians have built Hydro over the past 100 years, and we need to ensure Tasmanians benefit from the hard work of successive generations. power prices must be set at the break even cost of production… This is what we believe and support” Mrs Tucker and Mrs Alexander said.

Monday February 26th, 2024

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