Electricity prices increase up to 100 per cent from today. Gladstone coal fired power station, Queensland’s biggest at 1680 Mw, has been owned by American NRG company based in Houston, Texas, since 1994.
By staff writers
Electricity, water, roads, rail and rubbish management once upon a time in Queensland was owned by governmental public utilities but today they are known as milking cows for corporations all being pals of the LNP, Labor duopoly.
The free-trading, de-regulating Liberals and Nationals way back in the 60’s when public utilities were owned and operated by state governments and local government councils for and on behalf of the people, decided to personally get a slice of the action by selling these valuable assets.
Since federation government has been responsible for providing affordable power and water, the necessities of life, financed by income tax and council rates.
Post-war, this was how our forefathers looked ahead believing Australians could survive and lead a stable and affordable lifestyle which then was the envy of the free world.
With electricity generation we relied on Queensland’s vast supplies of coal and natural gas for power stations and the Snowy River hydro-power scheme in the south which according to planning experts, would both provide cheap power for a century.
Successive LNP and Labor state governments have handed over control of our coal and gas reserves to their multinational mates, for a substantial backhander of course, and these avaricious companies now charge whatever they like to sell us our own coal and gas for power generation.
Gladstone power station since its inception in 1976 has been fired by second grade coal supplied free by mining companies as a condition of their permits. It was transported from nearby coalfields to the power station by Queensland Rail also free of charge, which then was a public utility.
Then Queenslanders had cheap power for manufacturing industries and small business which sprang up in the Gladstone industrial hub that could afford to make aluminium extrusions and numerous other commodities supplying the Australian market.
Now the operator of the bauxite refinery in Gladstone and alumina smelter at Boyne Island, Rio Tinto is on the verge of shutting down due to exorbitant power supply charges.
We would like to ask the ‘media tart’ and former Labor Premier Peter Beattie how much he copped when coal seam gas licences were handed out by Labor and who got the biggest sling when the Bligh Labor Party privatised Queensland Rail freight. We know it was substantial and rumours were rife 15 years ago throughout the gas industry that Beattie allegedly pocketed many millions of shares.
Indeed a mining insurance industry executive told one of our scribes that gas companies at the time were complaining about the backhanders they had to pass on to the Beattie coterie.
Not bad for an exiled boy from Atherton, who happens to be the illegitimate son of the late rodeo legend Chilla Seeney of Monto. When Chilla was asked 25 years ago if he was Beattie’s father he responded: “That depends on who is the mother.”
The interviewer and Chilla agreed that she was a woman from Sydney who married into the Beattie family from Atherton, Far North Queensland. Peter Beattie took their name.
Chilla passed away in 2008.
Peter Beattie’s mother died when he was very young and the grandmother, Mrs Esberson reared him.
Politics has been the mainstay of Peter Beattie’s family which strangely is closely related to former National Party Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney from Monto who happens to be Beattie’s first cousin.
Their individual political bents are diametrically opposed and neither has ever claimed the other as a relative.
When the Joh Bjelke Petersen era ceased dramatically in the late 80’s new Labor Premier Wayne Goss beginning in 1990 in true Marxist style, began gutting regional infrastructure in readiness for incorporation of government departments.
Gone were the electricity and water boards managed by local people drawn from regional communities.
Regional courthouses as agents for state government services, then power and water regional branch offices stopped conducting business, leaving public utilities to be managed by a centrist government in Brisbane. Nothing has changed since then. Manned railway stations were another casualty of privatisation.
These sleaze-bag socialist operatives, former Labor Premiers Wayne Goss, a practicing lawyer before politics and Peter Beattie, an academic lawyer, both of whom got into bed with the big end of town, incorporated public assets for the benefit of trans-national corporations.
The result? After Beattie changed the Queensland Constitution in 2001, every state government department including courts became a corporation with its own ABN number.
Corporations legally exist only to make money and pay dividends. They have been fleecing ratepayers and taxpayers for two generations. Public utilities which were designed to provide cheap power and water at the cost of supply plus a small margin for maintenance are now ancient history.
From today Queensland power companies in many cases will double or treble the cost of domestic and commercial electricity at a time when many households can barely put food on the table.
The few remnant manufacturing businesses in regional areas will soon be forced to close because of excessive overheads. Farmers will have no option but to revert to diesel power generation to run dairies and irrigation plants.
Now the mad rush by the climate cultists to shut down coal and gas to be replaced by totally unreliable renewable power has seen energy prices surge up to 100 per cent.
All thanks to the free-trading, de-regulating Liberal Labor duopoly doing the bidding of United (communist) Nation’s Agenda 21/30 depopulation plan to which Queensland Labor signed off in Rio in 1992.