Anthony Albanese’s government’s focus on The Voice to Parliament criticized as electricity bills rise: ‘The big distraction’
A radio host has blasted Anthony Albanese’s government for focusing on the indigenous voice in Parliament as electricity bills skyrocket – calling the referendum a “big distraction”.
Combined gas and electricity bills have hit record highs, with thousands of families in outer Melbourne and regional Victoria now paying up to $800 more and forking out up to $4,400 per month. year to keep the lights on in their home, according to St. Vincent de Paul. The company’s latest pricing tracking report.
Canberra-based 2CC broadcaster Stephen Cenatiempo weighed in on the cost of living and the energy crisis on Tuesday and said Australian households were facing hardship due to rising electricity prices.
“As a single person living alone, I can make these things work, but how can a family with a few kids manage a $4,400 annual electric and gas bill? he said.
“The situation will only get worse as governments force us to cut off gas and switch to more electricity, which will not be available because we don’t have enough of a supply network to begin with and that is going to be too expensive anyway. .’
“It just keeps getting worse and we have a government that is not focused on any of these things that affect ordinary Australians.”
Cenatiempo accused the government of being too focused on the upcoming Voice referendum.
“Thankfully it will all be over in about four weeks, hopefully, and we can maybe have a government that will actually focus on the things that matter to real Australians,” he said.
Electricity prices have jumped 16 per cent in the past year as Australia’s energy market operator forecast five years of “high prices”, despite the Prime Minister’s promise to cut electricity prices. $275 electricity bills by 2025 in the last election.
“This makes a mockery of the $275 cut we were promised in the run-up to the election,” Cenatiempo told Sky News host Chris Kenny.
“I know it’s not supposed to go into effect right now, but by then our energy bills will have gone up $2,750 and then we’ll get our $275 back, that’s amazing.”
Anthony Albanese (pictured) has been accused of focusing the Voice referendum rather than on issues affecting everyday Australians.
Kenny agreed with his speaker, saying governments have focused too much on reducing emissions “for decades”, rather than reducing electricity bills.
“And it’s not just about families. Think about fixed-income retirees and self-funded retirees who are depleting their savings,” Kenny continued.
“These are really, really painful cost pressures and they are driven by this fascination with getting rid of the cheap coal power that Victoria had and stopping all gas drilling.”
“I’m not saying you don’t reduce emissions, but you actually have alternative energy before you get rid of cheap, reliable energy.”
Cenatiempo also slammed the government’s decision to publish a study saying nuclear power would cost billions more.
Stephen Cenatiempo was outraged on Tuesday by the surge in energy prices. Pictured are the cooling towers at the Bayswater coal-fired power station in the NSW Hunter Valley.
Energy Minister Chris Bowen said Tuesday that nuclear power would be the most expensive form of energy and would cost taxpayers $387 billion to transition.
“Why on earth is a government that doesn’t believe in nuclear power spending our money to do a study to establish a fictitious price for something it has no intention of doing,” Cenatiempo fumed.
“It’s just extraordinary in the midst of the crisis we’re going through right now, not only the energy crisis but also the cost of living crisis that comes with it.”
“And we have a government that is playing games because we have the most incompetent minister in government dealing with energy in the middle of an energy crisis.”