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QLD energy minister McArdle calls for AER cash

Queensland minister for energy and water supply Mark McArdle says that the federal government is responsible for the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) being unable to fully perform its role.

McArdle says that a cash injection is needed to take the AER out from the jurisdiction of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), under which it currently sits.

"The AER is under-funded and poorly resourced to deliver the specialist work expected of the energy market regulator to police the National Energy Market successfully," he said.

The minister says that as a result, the ACCC is simply copying the opinions of the federal government in regards to the debate about energy and its future in this country.

McArdle claimed that in the six months he has been in his current portfolio, not once has he heard from the ACCC about addressing rising electricity prices prices and how to move forward to benefit the people of the sunshine state.

Soon after being elected, the Newman government moved to freeze electricity tariffs for the financial year in a bid to reduce the burden on the Queensland people.

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By Charlie Moore