LETTERS: Minister has power to act on power prices, drought
ENERGY Minister Mark Bailey could be proactive now.
Any recent stabilising gains regarding electricity prices are at threat of being wiped out, impacting significantly on household consumers and irrigators such as cane growers.
The electricity networks are battling the Australian Energy Regulator, demanding a further $3.1 billion extra revenue out of consumers up to 2020. Mr Bailey has absolute power to direct the networks to back off.
With the strongest El Niño since 2007 confirmed, farmers are calling on government to use the climate forecasting data available to make proactive policy to minimise the impact of the drought before farmers go broke. I encourage Minister Bailey to be proactive.
KERRY LATTER, Canegrowers Mackay
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