COMMENT: Farmers crippled by rising power prices

RISING power prices isn't a new issue, either for farmers or householders.

But just as residents are struggling to pay their bills, so is the situation becoming critical for growers who need to irrigate their crop for a decent harvest and to turn a profit - but can barely afford to.

Farmers have watched as governments have changed back and forth in the past few years, and all of them have promised to support our agriculture industry.

But still the Queensland Competition Authority recommends almost annual price hikes and still successive governments distance themselves from those recommendations - even though the government must ratify it.

The current Labor government campaigned on retaining our state assets, following the outcry of the Bligh government's sales without consultation and the Newman government's proposed asset leasing.

This means it, and it alone, has the power to compel Ergon to reduce irrigator tariffs.

There would be no bigger thing they could do right now for our farmers, who are being crippled by input costs and are struggling to survive.


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