Member for Western Victoria
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party

Energy Bill Second Reading Speech

GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (17:10:16): Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party is built upon a commonsense approach to politics. The state government’s Energy Legislation Amendment (Victorian Default Offer) Bill 2019 allows the government to set a default price for power and energy in Victoria. This gives certainty to families about what they can expect to pay, and this is just common sense. I share the concerns of many parents about rising electricity costs, and I understand that vulnerable members of our community will be increasingly concerned about the arrival of winter and the pressure that heating costs will add to their bills.

I support this bill as it allows the state government to set a precedent when it comes to pricing. I will vote in favour of this bill in the hope that the Premier uses it to keep downward pressure on power prices. Whilst I acknowledge the Andrews government’s commitment to growing the state’s renewable energy sector and reducing carbon emissions, I hope this can be achieved in conjunction with a better outcome for families. Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party realises that the climate is changing as a result of man-made factors, but I believe that affordable and reliable energy for families in my region of Western Victoria should be the guiding factor in how this legislation is used. We support this bill.


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