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NSW Election proves Electricity must be PRIVATISED or QUEENSLAND FACES MORE debt——-Take rational measures on electricity privatisation issue——The obvious starting point for consumers is: would selling the businesses lead to electricity prices being higher than they would be under continued public ownership? Or would there be a decline in the quality of service, such as blackouts? In this particular case, the answers are more certain than usual: no and no. That’s because, the networks being natural monopolies, the prices they charge are controlled by the Australian Energy Regulator, which believes they’re already too high. Service quality is also tightly regulated. The regulator’s determination to get efficiency up and prices down suggests there will be job losses – in other states as well as NSW – whether or not the businesses are privatised.—–Ross Gittins The Sydney Morning Herald’s Economics Editor


 

 

The obvious starting point for consumers is: would selling the businesses lead to electricity prices being higher than they would be under continued public ownership? Or would there be a decline in the quality of service, such as blackouts?

In this particular case, the answers are more certain than usual: no and no. That’s because, the networks being natural monopolies, the prices they charge are controlled by the Australian Energy Regulator, which believes they’re already too high. Service quality is also tightly regulated.

The regulator’s determination to get efficiency up and prices down suggests there will be job losses – in other states as well as NSW – whether or not the businesses are privatised.

This being so, the main issues of contention concern state government finances. The critics of privatisation stress that it’s no magic pudding: sell these profitable businesses and you lose the dividends they were paying the government, along with the equivalent of the company tax they were paying to the state (because state-owned businesses don’t pay tax to the federal government).

 

 

 

Take rational measures on electricity privatisation issue.


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Why was NORMAN MILLER dumped as endorsed candidate for the seat of LEICHHARDT IN 2013 for BILLY GORDON


February 5, 2013 ·

 

NORMAN Miller was so sure he was the Labor Party’s candidate in the federal seat of Leichhardt that he…
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Does anyone know what Norman Miller was dumped as endorsed candidate for the seat of Leichhardt? http://www.cairns.com.au/…/2013/02/05/238966_local-news.html


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How was BILLY GORDON selected to stand as a candidate for the Labor Party at the Federal ELECTION —Must have friends in high places in FNQ LABOR


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MAKING CAIRNS SAFER FOR CYCLISTS

Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese

Candidate for Leichhardt Billy Gordon

CAIRNS

20 AUGUST 2013 

A re-elected Rudd Labor Government will provide Federal funding to extend the bike path network and upgrade existing bike paths and crossings around local schools in Cairns.

Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Labor candidate for Leichhardt, Billy Gordon today announced that if re-elected, the Rudd Labor Government would provide $500,000 to improve the city’s cycling infrastructure, making it safer for all cyclists, especially school children.

“The safety of cyclists has been an ongoing concern in Cairns. Today’s announcement that we will upgrade local crossings, bike paths and other troublesome spots in and around school zones directly addresses that concern,” Mr Albanese said.

“The Federal Government will work with the relevant local authorities and schools to identify priority improvements around Cairns.”

Federal Labor’s $500,000 commitment builds on a $3 million investment announced in June that will deliver safety improvements for cyclists along the Captain Cook Highway.

Labor candidate for Leichhardt, Billy Gordon commended the local community for getting behind the campaign for better cycling infrastructure.

“Congratulations to The Cairns Post for their important role in advocating for better cycling infrastructure for the city as part of its Share the Road campaign, and of course, the Cairns community for really getting behind it,” Mr Gordon said.

“Riding a bike is not only a popular pastime but a convenient way to get around Cairns.

“We’ve seen the success of the ‘bike bus’ in school communities here in Cairns – it’s taking cars off the road, it’s reducing congestion around schools and families are loving it.

“Lots of children get on their bikes every day to get to school – and that’s a great thing to encourage. Our commitment is about making this safer and I’m delighted I have secured this funding for our community.”

This commitment would be delivered through the Government’s Liveable Communities Program and is already included in the budget.


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Member of Cook on LABOR POLICY ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE——-Billy Gordon November 9, 2014 · It is policies like this that make me proud to be Labor. Only Labor will address issues such as domestic violence and ensure that perpetrators are dealt with justly and effectively. 52 women die each year at the hands of a partner or ex-partner. This is unacceptable and policies like this will help address this horrendous situation.


It is policies like this that make me proud to be Labor. Only Labor will address issues such as domestic violence and ensure that perpetrators are dealt with justly and effectively. 52 women die each year at the hands of a partner or ex-partner. This is unacceptable and policies like this will help address this horrendous situation.

Labor says offenders who breach domestic violence orders should be more severely punished.
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