STUART GRIMLEY MP

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.

STUART GRIMLEY MP

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