Barnett goes from lies to threats

Tasmanian Labor

In another
astonishing media performance, the Energy Minister Guy Barnett has threatened
the media with a defamation case if they publish the fact he lied to Tasmanians
this morning on radio.

This morning on
TasTalks radio, Guy Barnett told Tasmanians that energy price increases
had nothing to do with his broken promise of delinking from the National
Electricity Market.

This claim is
blatantly untrue, as acknowledged by the Tasmanian Economic Regulator in its
announcement of the 11.88 per cent price increase on electricity.

In the same
press conference, he bizarrely tried to claim that power prices were going down
– when every single Tasmanian can see their bills skyrocketing.

Instead of
baseless legal threats, Mr Barnett should apologise to Tasmanians first for the
12 per cent price increase resulting from his broken promises, and second for
trying to mislead Tasmanians about the real cause of the power price rises.

Dean Winter MP

Shadow Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction

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