Wednesday 29 March 2017
Hazelwood is in the process of its shutdown with more than 750 workers to lose their jobs and thousands more local jobs indirectly affected.
Daniel Andrews tripled the coal tax, slugging operators with an extra $252 million in taxes to effectively force the closure of Hazelwood which will cut 22% of Victoria’s electricity generation capacity out of the grid.
Since December 2014, unemployment in the Latrobe Valley has soared by more than 50%, that is 2002 real people out of work and this is set to worsen with the loss of hundreds of Hazelwood jobs.
Victorians now face 72 days of power shortfall in the next two years according to the Australian Energy Market Operator, putting the State’s power security in jeopardy and more pressure on prices.
According to St Vincent De Paul Society, Victorians are facing an extra $300 extra on their annual household energy bills due to the closure of Hazelwood with more price increases to come.
Quotes attributable to Leader of the Opposition Matthew Guy
“This is a very sad day for the Latrobe Valley and our thoughts are with those families who will face tough times as a result of the closure of Hazelwood.
“The Latrobe Valley doesn’t want charity it wants a government to fight for their jobs. It’s a disgrace Daniel Andrews never fought for Hazelwood jobs the way he’s fighting for Don Nardella’s job.
“As Premier, I will fight for the Latrobe valley; I will fight to protect our power industry and the remaining power stations. I won’t sit idly by and watch jobs leave Gippsland the way Daniel Andrews has.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Morwell Russell Northe
“The best the Premier can manage is flying visits with bureaucrats but what he needs to be doing is bringing real jobs for the real people in the Latrobe Valley that are hurting.”
“Daniel Andrews keeps thinking the Latrobe Valley wants his charity – no Premier we want you to bring us real jobs for real local people.”