The ETU has praised the Palaszczuk Government for bringing local jobs back to the community of Tarong by putting two power station units back online which were placed into cold storage by the LNP.
This week marks five years to do the day the Newman Government placed two of the units at the Tarong Power Station into cold storage, in order to raise Stanwell revenues prior to planned privatisation of the company.
The decision – made while current LNP leader Tim Nicholls was Treasurer – lead to massive job losses which devastated the local community, and contributed to the high spike in power prices under the Newman Government.
ETU Organiser Jason Young said the electrical workers in South Burnett were proud of the Palaszczuk Government’s decision to reverse the LNP’s mistake.
“Five years ago the wannabe leader of this state rubberstamped placing these units into cold storage in order to fatten up the price of Stanwell for his Strong Choices privatisation plans,” he said.
“All the while local Member Deb Frecklington – who is now the wannabe deputy leader of Queensland – stood by and did nothing to stop jobs being gutted from her electorate.
“Thankfully the Palaszczuk Government has reversed this disastrous decision, which drove up electricity prices, and has put both units back online and helped bring these jobs back to Tarong.”
Mr Young said the Palaszczuk Government was leading the way in driving down electricity price increases, with Queensland seeing the lowest increases in the country this year.
When Tim Nicholls was Treasurer of Queensland the state’s wholesale electricity price increase was the highest in Australia. Electricity prices went up by 81 per cent between 2011-12 and 2014-15.
Further information please contact: Jason Young 0419 721 044 or Dan Nancarrow 0448 633 858