Labor’s electricity price band-aid hides renewables blowout

Hinchinbrook MP and KAP Deputy Leader Nick Dametto with KAP Leader Robbie Katter and Hill MP Shane Knuth.

3 May 2024

While the announcement of a $1,000 electricity rebate might offer some short-term relief for residents grappling with soaring power bills, the rebate could not be the long-term solution according to Hinchinbrook MP Nick Dametto.

“The latest initiative from the Miles Labor Government is nothing but a short-sighted attempt to mask its failure in providing cost-effective power generation and distribution solutions for North Queenslanders,” the Katter’s Australian Party (KAP) Deputy Leader said.

“The announcement is being touted as the “biggest cost of living initiative” by the Miles government, but throwing money at a problem without addressing its root cause is nothing more than a case of “buying their time” with Queensland voters.

“North Queenslanders are in dire need of a long-term energy solution to tackle the escalating costs of electricity; businesses are going backwards, and struggling families are going without.

“What we need is an energy policy that will give Queenslanders reliable and affordable electricity, not a heart attack coupled with the arrival of the monthly or quarterly power bill.

“Instead, we know that both the State Labor Government and the Opposition are determined to continue steering this state towards costly renewable energy targets and we’re all expected to pay for it.

“This Labor government needs to come clean and be honest with the public on the cost to the end-user as they catapult us towards net zero via batteries, wind and solar.

“I have little faith that we will see this rebate extended indefinitely. Without a plan to bring down power prices I believe the ride Labor and the LNP have us on to net zero is a case of ‘go woke, go broke’.”


Nick Dametto MP