Baird Government court action against lower power prices begins today


The Baird Liberal-National Government will today be in court to back higher power prices for families and small businesses as it begins a legal appeal against the regulator’s decision to lower power prices.

Under the Australian Energy Regulator’s determination, households across NSW are set to receive an average bill reduction of between $190 and $338 per year, and small business reductions of up to $569 per annum.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“The regulator’s decision to lower power bills will help families struggling to make ends meet. Lower power bills for small business means that they can employ more people.”

“By appealing the regulator’s decision, Mike Baird has chosen to back higher power bills for families and businesses in our state.”

“Higher electricity prices for families will mean that Mr Baird’s Government will achieve a higher sale price for the electricity companies.”

“It is just bad public policy for a Premier to boost the sale price by imposing higher power prices on every household and business in the state.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Energy Adam Searle

“Today’s appeal just confirms that the Liberals and Nationals are more worried about fattening the electricity businesses for sale than lowering power prices for the people of NSW.”

“Instead of taking the advice of the independent regulator, Mike Baird is happy to see families pay more so he can sell the electricity network for a higher price.”

“Mike Baird should get out of the way of lower power prices for families and businesses across NSW.”