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Energy Supplement for Households
Type of vote: Motion (Amendment)
Moved by: Greens
Wednesday, 26 August 2020
|Greens||Hickey, Labor, Liberals, Ogilvie|
An Amendment was proposed by Dr Woodruff to leave out paragraph (8) and insert instead:
“(8) Recognises the financial difficulties being faced by Tasmanians will reach new depths on 30 September 2020 when residential rental protections expire, and JobKeeper and JobSeeker supports are slashed.
(9) Calls on the Government to tackle the ongoing hardship being experienced by many Tasmanians by extending residential rental protections until 31 December 2020, and by providing a winter energy supplement to households in financial stress.”
A Motion being made and the Question being proposed – That the House:
(1) Notes that Tasmanian families are crying out for support to relieve the financial stress caused by increased household power bills this winter.
(2) Understands that tens of thousands of Tasmanians have spent more time at home, for home schooling, working from home or simply heeding the call to only go out when necessary as a part of Government announced restrictions as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
(3) Acknowledges that this will be reflected in Tasmanian’s power bills through increased power usage in what has been a particularly cold winter.
(4) Further understands thousands of households are already suffering from bill shock at a time when they can least afford it.
(5) Further notes that the Liberal Government provided a winter energy supplement to Tasmanian households in a 2018 election-eve provision of a $10 million special energy bonus in the middle of summer.
(6) Further acknowledges that Tasmanians should not be financially punished for doing the right thing.
(7) Further notes the Premier’s own Economic and Social Recovery Council has flagged concerns about the capacity of vulnerable Tasmanians to pay for heating during the cold winter months.
(8) Calls on the Government to back the Labor policy of providing a winter energy supplement to Tasmanian households in financial stress.