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Palaszczuk Government forgot to organise energy rebate with retailers

3rd August 2022

Another major IT blowout plagues government

Estimates has revealed the Palaszczuk Government failed to pass on a $175 energy rebate to Queenslanders as promised.

Estimates hearings uncovered Energy Minister Mick de Brenni hadn’t followed up on the announcement made by the Premier.

Almost 3 months ago Queenslanders were promised the rebate on their next electricity bill, but the Palaszczuk Government failed to organise it with energy retailers.

Estimates also revealed an IT program designed to manage purchasing and payroll for Energy Queensland has blown out by at least $181 million.

The Digital Enterprise Building Blocks program has ballooned from $633 million to $814 million.

Shadow Energy Minister Pat Weir said more blowouts and a complete failure to deliver the rebate when the cost-of-living crisis has deepened for families is inexcusable.

“This is just another example of the Palaszczuk Government only caring about the announcement to make themselves look good instead of actually delivering for Queenslanders," Mr Weir said.

“The Palaszczuk Government is never across the details.

“In the middle of the cost-of-living crisis Queensland families would have factored this rebate into their budgets but it hasn’t arrived. That is inexcusable.

“The Palaszczuk Government should get their act together and get on with actually delivering what was promised.

“The Palaszczuk Government has already broken its promise by missing the last energy bill. The rebate must be included in the next bill.

“Cost-of-living pressures may not matter to the Palaszczuk Government but it matters to Queenslanders.

“Queenslanders know the Palaszczuk Government cannot be trusted with the budget and now another botched IT program is pouring more money down the drain.

“The Palaszczuk Government is wasting more taxpayers’ money.

“Queenslanders deserve better.”