Media Release

21 June 2018

Southwick: Daniel Andrews’ own Departments hit by Labor’s skyrocketing electricity costs

Thursday 21 June 2018

Daniel Andrews’ own Departments hit by Labor’s skyrocketing electricity costs

Today in Question Time, Daniel Andrews was unable to explain why the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) energy bills have spiked, despite a reduction in total power consumption.

In 2016-17, the DEDJTR consumed 5% less energy than the year before, yet saw its power bill jump 19%.

Daniel Andrews own public sector is caught up in his energy affordability crisis and Labor expects Victorian taxpayers to foot the bill.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources, David Southwick MP:

“Instead of taxpayers’ precious money being spent on more roads and public transport and better health and education services, it’s being wasted on huge electricity cost blowouts.

The extra money taxpayers are now spending on electricity costs for bureaucrat offices would be better spent on more police, roads, public transport and better health and education services.

It’s bad enough that Victorians are already paying through the nose for their own home electricity bills, they are now paying for the cost blowouts for government departments as well.”