The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) has asked the three major political parties in NSW to answer questions about energy and water. The response, or lack of, is interesting.
‘There is growing concern within the community about energy and water prices,’ said PIAC Senior Policy Officer, Energy + Water Consumers’ Advocacy Program, Carolyn Hodge (pictured).
‘In December 2010, PIAC asked the ALP, the NSW Greens and the Liberal/National coalition about their policies in regards to water concessions, energy efficiency, consumer protections and the affordability of energy and water.
‘Energy and water are key household expenses, so it is important to know how each political party will respond to rising prices,’ Ms Hodge said.
The measures available to governments to reduce the impact of rising prices include access to energy efficient appliances, a robust consumer protection framework and targeted and sustainable concessions.
‘Importantly, access to concessions must be based on need rather than geographical location or type of supplier,’ Ms Hodge said.
Read the full text of the PIAC letter about water issues and the responses received to date.
Read the full text of the PIAC letter about energy issues and the responses received to date.