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Price gouging behind big power bills: Senate inquiry exposes lack of political will to fix it

The Greens say only gutless recommendations are contained in today's report from the Senate inquiry into electricity prices, which shows the only thing stopping Australians from enjoying lower electricity prices immediately is the lack of political will to stop major networks from gouging their customers.

"It's plainly obvious that to bring down power bills and pollution we must start with the electricity market and network charges," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

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Greens’ Senate Inquiry investigating Queensland electricity prices in Brisbane today

The Greens-initiated Senate Inquiry into electricity prices held a public hearing in Brisbane today, gathering information to end systematic rorting of taxpayers and consumers by the electricity networks.

"Our Senate Inquiry is getting to the bottom of why Queenslanders have such astronomical electricity network charges - the highest in Australia," said Senator Christine Milne, leader of the Australian Greens, in Brisbane for the hearing today.

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Dreyfus must reinstate and extend solar hot water scheme

The Gillard Government has sent precisely the wrong signal for the move to a clean energy economy by cancelling support for solar hot water at 5pm last night, and must immediately reinstate and extend the Renewable Energy Bonus Scheme, the Australian Greens said today.

"Solar hot water is a great Australian clean, green manufacturing industry, exporting to the world and helping householders to cut their power bills and their greenhouse footprint," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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