Escalating electricity prices are hurting


Shadow Minister for Energy Adam Searle, Summer Hill MP Jo Haylen and NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley talk to business owner Moe Issa about his concerns.

Story appeared in: Inner West Times | July 12th, 2017



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Pledging to re-regulate electricity companies, NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley visited Marrickville on Thursday, meeting with Kelby's cafe owner Moe Issa to hear how his business is being hurt by escalating electricity price.
Mr Issa says he's experiencing a noticeable drop in customers as inner-west residents battle Sydney's rising costs and tighten their belts.
"I have a good repertoire with my customers, and often chat with them," he said.
"They're doing it tough. Customers with young families a weary about spending on luxuries like coffee, and are cutting back.
"Customers I would see in here two or three times a week, I now see only once a week."
Mr Issa says the rising price of power, combined with other living costs are to blame.
Mr Foley said families, pensioners and small businesses were already struggling and he laid the blame on high energy costs firmly at the feet of the Liberal Government.
"Households will have to find up to an extra $320 and small businesses could be whacked an extra $915 - it's just not fair," Mr Foley said.
"A Foley Labor Government will re-regulate the electricity companies to ensure that consumers are treated fairly."
Shadow Minister for Energy Adam Searle also accused the State Government of doing everything it could to drive the price of electricity up ahead of privatisation.
"This Government even went to court to overturn the independent regulator's price cuts," he said.
Summer Hill MP Jo Haylen said slugging family-run businesses with electricity price increases was "a completely unfair move".
"The diversity and vitality of the Inner West's small businesses give our area its character," she said.
"Adding an electricity price hike to the cost of living pressures facing Inner West families is a cruel move by the Berejiklian Government."



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Publication: Inner West Times | Section: news | Author: Mick Roberts | Story ID: 129347 | Viewcount: 969

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