The Our Island Our Voices campaign for a fairer Tasmania has today welcomed the release of the Tasmanian Greens “Fairer Energy Concessions” policy initiative.
Campaign spokesperson Jo Flanagan said the policy initiatives would, if implemented, directly assist thousands of low-income Tasmanians meet the rising cost of essential energy services.
“With the price of electricity and gas expected to increase dramatically over coming years, it is vital we have effective safeguards in place to protect low-incomes Tasmanians from fuel poverty, where they unable to afford energy for basic things like heating and cooking.” Ms Flanagan said.
“The Tasmanian Greens policy contains a number of new safeguards to assist Tamanians on a low-income meet the rising cost of energy that we would like to see implemented by whichever party wins Government on March 20.”
“These include a committment to provide additional financial support to pensioners and health care card holders, as well as families with multiple children, acknowledging that larger families have greater energy use then an average household.”
“Importantly, both the Greens and Labor have now promised to index the concession provided to low-income households to assist with the cost of electricity to future price rises for these essential services.”
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