Opposition labels Gillard government the "Party of Higher Electricity Prices"

The opposition has labelled the Gillard government as the "Party of Higher Electricity Prices" in a new press release issued July 25.

Minister for climate change and energy efficiency Greg Combet was singled out and was accused of deflecting the blame for higher power prices away from the Labor government.

According to the opposition, power prices in Australia have risen 65 per cent over the last four and a half years under Labor, largely due to the impact of the carbon tax.

The carbon price and the rising cost of living in Australia has been a hot topic in the build-up to the next federal election, which must be held before November 30 2013.

A Nielsen poll published by Fairfax yesterday (July 30) found the Coalition party leading Labor on a two-party-preferred basis, with support of 56 per cent.

Tony Abbott, leader of the opposition, was also found to be more popular when people were questioned on who was their preferred prime minister.

Interestingly, former PM Kevin Rudd was named as the preferred Labor leader ahead of Julia Gillard by the 1,400 people surveyed.

Mr Rudd stepped down as party leader on June 24 of last year after losing the support of key members of his cabinet.

Posted by Charlie Moore