PM Starts Power War with States Over Electricity Prices
The Age, August 7, 2012:
JULIA Gillard will pressure the states to rein in rising electricity prices as she accuses jurisdictions such as NSW of gouging consumers with ''unacceptable'' increases in recent years.
In a declaration of war designed to sheet the overwhelming blame for power price increases on the states, not the carbon price, the Prime Minister will describe the increases of the past four years and for this financial year as socially and economically unjust.
''Price have gone up - far and fast,'' she will tell the Energy Policy Institute of Australia in Sydney today. ''The last four years' price increases cannot continue.''