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Labour embarrassed by power price record

Gerry Brownlee MP National Party Energy Spokesman

30 September 2008

Labour embarrassed by power price record

National Party Energy spokesman Gerry Brownlee says a statement from two senior Labour Ministers on power prices today is a damning indictment on the current Government's cynical approach to the 2008 election.

"Labour has presided over a 48% increase in domestic power prices in the past five years. Suddenly, on the eve of an election, they announce a review.

"These Ministers should be embarrassed. After nine long years and regular complaints about the state of transmission and generation, they are trying to pretend they will do something about it.

"If some of the hot air these guys are talking was used to generate electricity, New Zealand wouldn't have any power issues at all."

Mr Brownlee says Labour's been in total denial about the size of the challenge facing our energy industry.

"David Parker's ideas have been described as wacky and impractical by those in the know.

"New Zealanders simply won't buy Labour's cynical promise to wave a magic wand and make the problems go away."

Mr Brownlee says Lianne Dalziel has a history of overpromising and under-delivering. Her much-hyped Fuelwatch review cost $33,000 to find out what we already knew.


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