Zed Seselja brings the genuinely worrying news that the ACT Government in developing both their the 40 per cent carbon emissions reduction target and the solar feed in tariff neglected to figure out just who was going to be paying for it and how much in the form of the usual Regulatory Impact Statement.
According to government guidelines; ‘A Regulatory Impact Statement is required for any new or amending legislation proposals that might impact on a stakeholder group’.
“Consistently the government has been unable or unwilling to say what impact the entire 40 per cent target would have on the household budget, nor what effect it will have on business.
“There is no doubt the carbon reduction target supported by the Labor party and the Greens will place a significant cost burden on families already stretched to the limit with higher rents, higher rates and higher water costs.
“Only under questioning from the Opposition was the community made aware of the $225 extra every household will have to pay on their electricity bill to fund the feed in tariff. On the government’s own figures the solar feed-in-tariff will only contribute around six per cent of the whole 40 per cent target.
“The implementation of these targets and schemes ‘at any cost’ and without bothering to do the analysis shows just how little regard they have for Canberra families already stretched by cost of living pressures. Canberra households are the ones who will ultimately be forced to pick up the bill,” Zed concluded.