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Gillard encourages more investment in electricity networks



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Media Release The Hon Greg Hunt MP Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage Friday 26 October 2012 GILLARD ENCOURAGES MORE INVESTMENT IN ELECTRICTY NETWORKS   Two years ago today the Prime Minister called for more not less spending on electricity networks, saying ‘significant investment is required to replace ageing network infrastructure’(Prime Minister Gillard, speech AIG, 26 October 2010). The Prime Minister gave a green light to state Labor Governments to increase on poles and wires and therefore electricity prices. Yet today the Prime Minister pretends she’s always been against investment in poles and wires, accusing the states of gold plating. The Prime Minister has taken two completely contradictory positions.   In fact, Since this Government has been elected, electricity prices in Australia have risen a staggering 89%.  To make a bad situation worse, this week’s CPI saw the highest quarterly increase of electricity prices in history. Two-thirds of the 15.3% rise in electricity prices is attributable to the Carbon Tax.  As electricity prices sky rocket by the highest quarterly rise in Australian history, the Prime Minister’s conflicting position on poles and wires, reflects a pattern of behaviour of continually changing positions on key policy issues.   It’s been revealed that Julia Gillard gave Kevin Rudd a written message telling him to dump the ETS because it was electoral poison, yet was then prepared to implement a Carbon Tax in a deal to form government.   At the end of the day, it is Australian families and businesses who are paying for these policy changes through higher electricity prices.  Media contact: Wendy Black 0418 532 534