Chesters warns of rising energy costs in 2019

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is warning Central Victorians not to be fooled by misleading energy saving claims by Scott Morrison and the Liberals.

“Reports from the Liberals over the new year period suggesting households would be better off were incredibly misleading.” Chesters said.


“All we're seeing is about five percent of customers finally come off outrageously high offers they should never have been on in the first place.

“The other 95 percent of Central Victorian households will see absolutely no price relief from this government.

“Under the current Federal Government, electricity prices have increased by nearly 19 per cent over the past three years, three times faster than wages growth - and they aren’t slowing down.” Chesters said.

“The energy crisis under the Liberals has seen power prices skyrocket, pollution and privatisation rise, and investor confidence smashed.

“The Liberals have put their own political fights ahead of consumers – their inability to settle on any energy policy means higher prices for families.” Chesters said.

Labor has a different plan.

Labor’s plan will deliver a 21st century energy system with more renewable energy and cheaper power.

Labor will:

  • Invest in renewable energy to make Australian power 50% renewable by 2030
  • Ease household budgets and lower power prices by better regulating power prices by better regulating power prices
  • Targeting one million energy saving batteries in homes and apartments and subsidising the cost for low-to-medium income households

Labor’s plan will be good for Central Victorian households, good for the economy and good for the environment.

The difference between the Liberals and Labor is clear: we’re for more renewables, more jobs and cheaper power; the Liberals are for expensive new coal, privatising power assets and more uncertainty.

“I’ve met with many Central Victorian residents and businesses who are struggling to keep up because of skyrocketing energy bills.” Chesters said.