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Petitioning SA State Premier Jay Weatherill and 6 others

Federal Energy Minister and State Premiers: Implement consumer reforms.

It is a national disgrace that prices for one of the most basic services, electricity, have risen by as much as 100% over the past five years in some Australian states. 

 

Letter to
SA State Premier Jay Weatherill
Tasmanian State Premier Lara Giddings
Federal Energy Minister Martin Ferguson
and 4 others
NSW State Premier Barry O'Farrell
Victorian State Premier Ted Baillieu
WA State Premier Colin Barnett
Queensland State Premier Campbell Newman
It is a national disgrace that prices for one of the most basic services, electricity, have risen by as much as 100% over the past five years in some Australian states.

Electricity network providers, mostly state-owned, are spending six or seven times as much as in the UK or US on gold-plating their infrastructure, paying their executives enormous salaries and their employees up to six figures in overtime, and passing the costs on to consumers.

Meanwhile, state governments are effectively imposing a secret tax, giving these companies a regulated rate of return on their investments in infrastructure.

Consumers have been overcharged by $3 billion and poorer Australians are having to choose at times between food and power, because they can't afford both.

See:
http://news.onebigswitch.com.au/2012/11/aussie-poles-and-wires-cost-six-to-seven-times-as-much/
http://news.onebigswitch.com.au/2012/11/electricity-the-numbers-tell-the-story/
http://news.onebigswitch.com.au/2012/11/overcharging-measured-in-billions-of-but-who-gets-refunds/
http://news.onebigswitch.com.au/2012/11/energy-white-paper-push-for-deregulation-but-are-consumers-ready/

We call on state and federal governments to expedite the reform process outlined in the federal government's energy white paper and to deregulate the electricity market in the next 12 months.

In the meantime, we call on them to implement consumer focused reforms immediately, such as these suggested by consumer network One Big Switch:

• Greater price transparency, to make it easier for consumers to compare electricity plans.
• A mechanism for consumers to access their own electricity usage data quickly and easily.