Labor has welcomed the government’s belated realisation that more must be done to support businesses under stress from increased power bills during the COVID-19 crisis.
Shadow Energy Minister David O’Byrne said Labor would be watching carefully to ensure the Premier follows through with action.
“In Question Time today the government admitted it is failing to provide adequate relief to businesses under stress from increased power bills during the COVID-19 crisis,” Mr O’Byrne said.
“The Premier said the government ‘needs to do further work’ to ensure businesses under stress of increased power bills receive the support they need.
“Of concern, Peter Gutwein only undertook to have a closer look at businesses in multi-tenanted properties, and they’re not the only ones feeling pain – he must go further.
“Labor will be watching carefully to ensure the Premier follows through with assisting those businesses that have clearly been impacted by the COVID-19 related restrictions.
“Guy Barnett was aware of these concerns eight weeks ago but did nothing. It took Labor raising questions in Parliament to finally prompt action from the government.
“We need to do all we can to support businesses and their employees suffering ongoing hardship due to the pandemic.
“Labor’s COVID-19 Recovery Package is designed to get Tasmanians back into jobs, help those hardest hit by the pandemic and create a better, fairer and more resilient economy and society.”
David O’Byrne MP
Shadow Energy Minister