O'Farrell's broken promise on electricity prices


Premier Barry O'Farrell has broken his promise to reduce energy price increases for families in NSW.

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal released its final electricity pricing determination today, recommending electricity price increases of up to 18.1 per cent from July 1.

Shadow Minister for Energy, Luke Foley said the Premier has stated since the election that the price increases will be fully implemented, despite promising prior to the election to give families a break.

"Premier O'Farrell misled the people of NSW when he and his Minister's implied that they would reject IPART determinations that would unfairly impact on families," he said.

"Time and time again whilst in Opposition Mr O'Farrell's cabinet said IPART recommended increases should be rejected.

"Now that he can actually make a difference, the Premier has turned his back on families in NSW."

The O'Farrell Cabinet on the record:

 "The Government can reject the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal's recommendations. I call on the Government to do so."

- Andrew Stoner, Deputy Premier, Hansard, 24 June 2010

"The government should reject these costs and come back to something families could afford," he said.

 "They've done it (rejected determinations) quite often in the past. This is in the government's hands, what they do. The government normally accepts the IPART recommendation, but they don't have to."

- Duncan Gay, Minister for Roads and Ports (then Shadow Minister for Energy), Prime TV Newcastle, March 18, 2010.


"The NSW Liberals & Nationals support any measures to reduce the impact of power prices," Mr O'Farrell said.

- Premier Barry O'Farrell, Media Release, 1 February 2011