Electricity prices becoming prominent election issue across Australia

As the debate over electricity prices looks increasingly likely to be a critical part of the next federal election, the Western Australia Labor party has now committed to lowering power bills in the state should they be voted into power.

WA Labor leader Mark McGowan announced yesterday (August 20) that the average household in the state would see savings of more than $110 from July next year under his parties proposed Lower Power Bills policy.

"Keeping power bills low has always been a priority for WA Labor and our Lower Power Bills policy will make life a little easier for families," said Mr McGowan.

"The Barnett-Grylls Government has put up Western Australia's power bills by 62 per cent. This was a bad decision that is making life harder for Western Australians, particularly families and seniors."

Mr McGowan went on to say that WA Labor would remove the "hidden TEC levy" which is present under the current Barnett-Grylls government in order to reduce power bills in the state.

In an editorial published by Fairfax this morning, deputy editor of WAtoday Courtney Trenwith called the move "smart and easy" and encouraged the federal government to take notice.

However Ms Trenwith noted that WA Labor has yet to confirm how it would finance this proposal, which would cost upwards of $630 million.

Posted by Charlie Moore