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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    LNP cut power output, sacked power workers, sold gas

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017

    LNP cut power output, sacked power workers, sold gas

    The LNP Newman-Nicholls Government’s appalling legacy of 43% electricity price increases, included cutting power production from government-owned coal and gas-fired power generators.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Tim Nicholls was shareholding Minister for Stanwell when it mothballed a gas-fired power station near Ipswich and closed two units of generation capacity at a coal-fired power station in the South Burnett.

    “These decisions cut electricity generation, sacked power workers and sold the gas to power Swanbank E,” she said.

    “Tim Nicholls mothballed the Swanbank E power station near Ipswich and sold the gas supplies to it, and – five years ago today – announced two units at the Tarong power station in the South Burnett was put in ‘cold storage’.”

    In terms of jobs, the direct job losses from these closures were estimated to be more than 120 jobs – 25 jobs were lost at Swanbank E and another 64 at Tarong and another 40 at Meandu mine.

    “The LNP Newman- Nicholls Government’s rationale was Stanwell would earn more revenue and push the wholesale electricity price up through these closures,” the Premier said.

    “To add insult into injury, Tim Nicholls and the LNP tried to sell our electricity generation, distribution and transmission companies, including Stanwell.”

    “Tim Nicholls talks about coal-fired power generation – when he was Campbell Newman’s Treasurer, if he didn’t close coal-fired power generation units, he tried to close a deal to sell them.”

    Link to South Burnett Times article on Tarong units being put in “cold storage” on 12 October 2012 https://www.southburnetttimes.com.au/news/major-job-losses-tarong-power-station-job-cuts/1579319/

    Media contact: Kirby Anderson (Premier’s office) 0417 263 791