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Coalition welcomes launch of new website which allows consumers to compare energy prices and swithc providers.



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Luke Hartsuyker MP

Shadow Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs Federal Member for Cowper

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Media Release

November 24, 2008

Coalition welcomes launch of new website which allows consumers to compare energy prices and switch providers

Shadow Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs, Luke Hartsuyker, today welcomed the launch of a new website which allows consumers to compare the price of electricity and gas between providers.

CHOICE has launched an independent electricity and gas switching site CHOICE Switch (www.choiceswitch.com.au), which allows consumers to compare prices and easily change their residential energy providers.

The free service lets consumers compare prices on a range of energy services such as greenpower and switch to those plans and providers which suit them best.

“I welcome the launch of this new website as a free service to consumers to make switching energy providers easier.

“This will help struggling families save on their bills and provide them with a genuine choice of provider.

“Unlike the farcical FuelWatch and GroceryChoice websites, the Choice site is useful, informative and is not a regulatory burden on the industry. Unlike GroceryChoice consumers can compare specific prices on specific products.

“This highlights what private organisations can do with little to no funding verses the $20 million the Rudd Government has wasted on GroceryChoice and $13 million they planned for FuelWatch.

“I look forward to the website expanding into other areas, such as telecommunications, in order to provide consumers with assistance in finding the best deal.

“The Coalition supports the provision of more information to consumers but opposes plans such as the Rudd Government’s FuelWatch scheme because it is anti-competitive and can effectively push up the price of fuel.

“I congratulate Choice on this proactive initiative,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

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