Posted on 03. Mar, 2011 in News

The Baillieu Government has turned its back on Victorians by refusing to allow energy concessions to be backdated to January 1 this year, Shadow Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio said today.

“Ted Baillieu promised to bring down energy costs for Victorians but has already shown he’s all talk and no action,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

“Mr Baillieu has already performed an extraordinary backflip on his commitment to fast-track a year-round electricity concession to January 1, instead introducing them two months late.

“We were keen to give the Government the chance to backdate these concessions to January 1 so they could honour their promise to Victorians.

“That’s why we tried to introduce a Bill into parliament allowing the Government to make the energy concessions retrospective

“Rather than support a Bill that would have helped reduce the cost of electricity for 800,000 Victorians, the Baillieu Government refused to let the legislation be debated.

“Mr Baillieu must explain why he rejected a Bill that would have given him power to backdate the concessions by two months.

“It’s not fair for Ted Baillieu to get the hopes of low-income Victorians up by saying he will bring forward this saving, then failing to deliver.

“Mr Baillieu said he’d treat families with compassion and dignity but instead he has treated them like fools.”

Ms D’Ambrosio said it was disappointing but not surprising the Baillieu Government had turned its back on Victorians.

“The Government has botched the energy concessions from day one,” she said.

“Just yesterday Minister for Community Services, Mary Wooldridge, didn’t even know when the concessions would be delivered.

“Minister Wooldridge repeatedly stated in the Parliament the Government’s year round energy concession would be delivered from 1 March.

“Yet the ministerial order she signed giving effect to the year round concession gives effect to the concessions on 24 February.

“Clearly, this Minister does not know what she is doing.”

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