Labor will be bring on a parliamentary vote this week calling for the government to pay a winter energy supplement to households.
After being forced to spend more time at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Shadow Energy Minister David O’Byrne said tens of thousands of Tasmanians can expect to suffer a big hit to their power bills.
“This is a clear test of whether the government cares about the cost of living pressures,” he said.
“The premier’s own advisory council has raised concerns about the ability of Tasmanians to pay their escalating power costs”.
Mr O’Byrne said there’s never been a more urgent time for the winter supplement and the government should use the millions of dollars in dividends it’s ripped out of the state’s energy businesses to provide relief for struggling Tasmanians.
“If it was good enough for the government to provide a $10-million special energy bonus in the middle of summer for its own political ends on the eve of the 2018 election, it’s good enough to supplement Tasmanian’s power bills now.”
Shadow Minister for Energy