25 May 2023
The Greens have renewed their push for the State Government to establish a commission of inquiry into reviving ETSA as the Australian Energy Regulator confirms that SA’s electricity prices will increase by up to 25 per cent from July 1.
“South Australians will be shocked and dismayed to see this latest increase in power prices. While an increased energy concession from State and Federal Governments is welcome, one-off payments made to private energy providers on behalf of the consumer won’t fix the systemic problems with our energy network. We need structural reform. It’s time to put power back into public hands to reduce prices for consumers,” said Greens SA Energy Spokesperson, Robert Simms MLC.
“Last year the Greens moved a motion in the Parliament calling on the Malinauskas Government to establish a commission of inquiry into bringing back ETSA. Sadly, it was defeated with neither of the major parties voting in support. In light of this latest price shock, I urge the Government to think again and establish this commission. It’s clear that privatisation has failed South Australians and led to skyrocketing prices.”