Andrew Wilkie speech in Federal Parliament 29 May 17
WHEN: 4:00pm TODAY 29 May
WHERE: Federation Chamber (watch live at http://www.aph.gov.au/News_and_Events/Watch_Parliament)
Deputy Speaker I recently asked the Prime Minister in Question Time to intervene in the price of petrol and LPG in Tasmania because prices are absurdly high compared to the mainland, and the difference is often in the tens of cents per litre.
Yes, it was good I was able to put the issue on the PM’s radar. And the measures he outlined, like asking the ACCC to monitor prices, introducing an effects test and boosting the Freight Equalisation Scheme, are a start.
But regrettably these measures don’t go far enough to protect Tasmanian consumers and it was very disappointing the PM didn’t commit to intervene.
Especially so, Deputy Speaker, because the PM has intervened in other areas of energy policy, for instance he’s intervened in the gas market, directed ASIC to look at electricity prices, and announced an expansion of the Snowy Hydro scheme. So there’s simply no good reason why he shouldn’t intervene in this case as well and do something about the absurd prices that Tasmanians are being slugged for petrol and LPG.
Deputy Speaker this is an issue that many constituents have approached me about and I’ll continue to pursue the matter. Quite frankly, energy security and affordability is too important to leave to the market, and the Federal Government’s hands-off approach does little to help ordinary Tasmanians who are struggling.
Andrew Wilkie, Independent MP for Denison