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Cheaper Bills, More Jobs

Since Labor privatised electricity retail in 2006, prices have nearly doubled. Meanwhile Labor is allowing private corporations to build virtually all the new power generation in Queensland. Queenslanders need jobs and they need lower costs of living, so rather than freeze mining royalties and tax Queenslanders via their electricity bills, we should increase royalties on mining corporations and create thousands of jobs through good public investment in renewable energy.

The Greens will: 

  • End electricity privatisation in Queensland: Establish Energy Queensland as a democratic, public authority responsible for all retail, network and generation in Queensland 
  • Create an average of 23,000 jobs a year building publicly owned renewable energy: Invest $25 billion through Energy Queensland in building 20,000MW of publicly owned wind, solar, and energy storage, including utility batteries and pumped hydro, over four years
  • Cut electricity bills by 46%:  Reverse Labor’s privatisation of electricity retail and stop the price gouging by state owned network and generation companies
  • Unlock thousands of jobs in regional Qld: Invest $6.4 billion in new transmission lines, unlocking the enormous renewable energy potential across regional Queensland
  • Reach 100% renewable energy by 2030: Build 100% publicly owned renewable energy 
  • Create good, secure jobs: Ban the use of labour hire for renewable energy projects and guarantee leave entitlements and sick pay for every job
  • Give communities direct ownership of renewables: Establish a $2 billion fund to help communities establish cooperatively owned renewable energy projects 
  • Ensure cheap battery storage for every household: Establish a $1 billion household and small business battery storage rebate scheme
  • Ensure a fair price for solar: Create a fairer feed-in tariff to ensure people get a fair price for their rooftop solar