Queenslanders to get $175 cost of living payment: Here’s how you can get your hands on it

Millions of Australians to get $175 cost of living payment: Here’s how you can get your hands on it

  • Annastacia Palaszczuk announces $175 rebate on residents’ electric bills
  • Cost-of-living reset takes into account rising electricity prices
  • Ms Palaszczuk said the discount was possible because government-owned electricity

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced a $175 rebate on electricity bills in recognition of the rising cost of living for state residents.

The measure is expected to cost the state’s net income $385 million.

Ms Palaszczuk announced the refund to the Queensland Parliament on Thursday morning.

“In February, we announced that Queensland households would receive $50 off their electricity bills later this year because Queenslanders own their energy assets – generators, transmission and distribution,” said Ms Palaszczuk.

“With wholesale prices rising due to global instability, we have decided to raise it to $175 as we know the pressure Queenslanders are facing.

‘[The amount of] $175 might not seem like much to some people, but for those faced with these tough choices, it’s a help.

“This dividend is not available in states that have sold their electric assets.

“Electricity providers will automatically apply the credit, so Queenslanders don’t have to apply for it.”

Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the $175 discount to the Queensland Parliament on Thursday morning

Deputy Prime Minister Steven Miles and other senior government ministers spoke after Ms Palaszczuk, again saying the handover was made possible because the state had not sold its power assets.

The rebate is expected to be paid into the accounts of Queensland residents in the second half of this year.

Power prices are set to rise significantly from July after Australia’s energy regulator warned that wholesale power prices had already quadrupled in southeast Queensland in the first three months of 2022.

The regulator said Queenslanders can expect electricity prices to rise by around 6.8 per cent, reflecting an increase in electricity consumption due to the effects of inclement weather and prolonged humidity. of the La Niña event.

The war in Ukraine, rising coal and gas prices and a delay in new system capacity are other factors cited as reasons for rising energy prices.

The rebate is expected to be paid into the accounts of Queensland residents in the second half of this year.  Pictured, a high-voltage electricity transmission tower is seen in the foreground of the Brisbane CBD skyline

The rebate is expected to be paid into the accounts of Queensland residents in the second half of this year. Pictured, a high-voltage electricity transmission tower is seen in the foreground of the Brisbane CBD skyline

Severe weather caused by the prolonged La Nina event has been blamed as one of the reasons for electricity prices quadrupling in southeast Queensland in the first three months of this year.

Severe weather caused by the prolonged La Nina event has been blamed as one of the reasons for electricity prices quadrupling in southeast Queensland in the first three months of this year.

In a follow-up announcement, Ms Palaszczuk said Nazis and other hate symbols would be banned in the state.

Ms Palaszczuk will introduce a bill on Thursday that criminalizes the intentional display of symbols to promote hatred or induce fear, such as the swastika.

She said exceptions would be made for Hindus, Buddhists and Jains who observe the swastika as a religious symbol.

The announcement followed the recommendation of a Queensland parliamentary committee that hate symbols, including those representing Nazi and ISIS ideologies, should be banned.

In parliament, Ms Palaszczuk detailed the instance in which the symbol had been used, including a Nazi flag flying near a Brisbane synagogue and similar material appearing at the MP’s desk for a Capalaba.

The move sees Queensland follow Victoria as the first Australian states to ban Nazis and other hate symbols.

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