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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Media Release

Barnett must condemn Morrison’s plan to sell Hydro

David O’Byrne MP
Shadow Minister for Energy
 

 

  • Liberal Governments across nation slam plan – but not Hodgman Government
  • Morrison’s plan would mean higher bills for Tasmanian families

Shadow Minister for Energy David O’Byrne has called on the Hodgman Government to call out Scott Morrison’s plan to privatise energy assets.

“Yesterday Minister Guy Barnett failed to stand up to the Federal Government on their push to privatise government-owned energy assets,” Mr O’Byrne said.

“Mr Barnett said he had no concerns over the plan, which is a direct threat to Hydro’s future.

“The Minister and Hydro had not even been briefed by their federal counterparts.

“Everyone knows that selling Hydro to the highest bidder would mean everyday Tasmanians would face higher energy bills.

“So why is Guy Barnett putting his Liberal mates in Canberra before Tasmanian families?

“The Hodgman Government needs to come out today and, like Liberal leaders in other states, tell Scott Morrison his plan is out of touch.”

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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Ted Mead

    December 7, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    Max – you seem to forget that the likes of Temco are on long-term one-sided power supply contracts.

    Regardless of whether the Hydro is sold off to privatisation, the power supply subsidy will continue to be at the taxpayers expense!

    • max

      December 8, 2018 at 6:34 am

      Sorry Ted, if I gave you the wrong idea. I was trying to highlight the stupidity of the Liberal’s crazed obsession with privatisation, now and in the past. The Liberal Party will privatise, or already have privatised, anything owned by us because the government owns nothing. When something we own and is losing money, they flog off the parts that could give a return without giving us a chance to say No. That’s our democracy.

      For some strange reason, they have a big following that votes for them in the vain hope that someday they will kick a gaol.

  2. max

    December 7, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    The neoliberalism policy is what drives the Liberal Party, always has and possibly always will.

    Guy Barnett is a Liberal and he adheres to the policies of private ownership for all government-owned enterprises. This means everything they own, public transport, forestry, hospitals, schools sewerage and water, and the Hydro.

    The Liberal Party, under the guidance of John Howard, went into the wilderness the last time it tried to sell the Hydro. It is now doing it by stealth with the wind towers.

    It’s a good policy for any political party to offload everything it owns. It makes them look good because they are no longer running a debit, and they can blame their own ineptitude on the new owners. The downside is that everything will now cost more. The best example we have is the runaway cost of power that Morrison is trying to control .. when in fact his party created the problem.

    Neoliberalism is a policy model of social studies and economics that transfers control of economic factors from the public sector to the private sector.

    Mike Seabrook … If Guy can offload the hydro that will be the new owner’s problem, and Temco, the bludging aluminium smelter, and the Hobart zinc works will depart our shores.

    • Mike Eric Seabrook

      December 7, 2018 at 5:02 pm

      great news – sell the electricity at est. 20c per kwh to the vics – what says the cfmeu

  3. Mike Eric Seabrook

    December 7, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    what about the bludging aluminium smelter and hobart zinc works paying est. 4c per kwh delivered

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