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Energy costs crippling Cairns small businesses

  • LNP visits Cairns sporting clubs and tourism businesses to see first-hand the impact of soaring power prices
  • Annastacia Palaszczuk’s record high electricity prices hurting Cairns families and businesses
  • LNP will fast-track approvals for a privately-built, coal-fired power station in North Queensland and scrap Labor’s crazy 50 per cent renewable energy target

Families and businesses in Cairns are hurting because of Annastacia Palaszczuk’s do-nothing approach to soaring power prices and her reckless renewable green energy target.

On a visit to Cairns today, LNP Shadow Energy Minister Michael Hart joined local LNP candidates at the Trinity Beach Sports Club where power prices are having a major impact on the club’s bottom line.

“Wholesale electricity prices in Queensland have risen 70 per cent under the Palaszczuk Labor Government - a real kick in the guts for local businesses like the Sports Club and so many others in Cairns and Far North Queensland,” Mr Hart said.

“Far North Queenslanders are paying too much for power and the failed policies of the Palaszczuk Labor Government are to blame for families’ pain.

“Worse still, every extra dollar Annastacia Palaszczuk adds to the power bill of a business like the Trinity Beach Sport Club is another nail in the coffin for Queensland jobs.

“Labor’s extreme renewable energy target (RET) will cause energy insecurity, cost tax payers $18 billion and will force households, businesses and industry to pay more.

“The LNP will scrap Labor’s crazy fifty per cent RET and fast-track approvals for a privately-built, low-emission, coal-fired power station in North Queensland.”

LNP Barron River candidate Michael Trout said there wasn’t a local business or family he had spoken to that wasn’t hurting from Labor’s rising power prices. 

“Not a day goes by without me hearing from Cairns people fearful of how they’re going to pay their ballooning power bill,” Mr Trout said.

“The Trinity Beach Sports Club is a social hub for so many families and they should be supported for providing much-needed local jobs, but instead they’re being hammered by Annastacia Palaszczuk’s crazy power policies – and there’s no relief in sight.

“Enough’s enough. Annastacia Palaszczuk is more interested in winning greenie votes in south east Queensland than she is in cutting the cost of living for people in Far North Queensland.”

LNP candidate for Cairns Sam Marino said he was proud to run for the party that had a plan to tackle high power prices.

“The LNP understands families and businesses are hurting and we will take action,” Mr Marino said.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk uses electricity, family rego and water charges as taxes by stealth and that’s hurting hard-working families and killing jobs.

“A Tim Nicholls-led Liberal National government will build a better Far North Queensland – so you and your family can get ahead.”

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