Eleven years of the Labor Government have seen:
A comprehensive failure by the Labor Government to keep their 1999 election pledge to “guarantee reliable supplies of gas, water and electricity.”
Five years in a row of statewide blackouts.
A failure to ensure transmission and distribution reliability to cope with “extreme weather” events.
A growing risk of more future blackouts due to inadequate investment in new power generation.
Failure to properly protect power stations and other critical energy infrastructure against unauthorised entry or attack by environmental extremists, criminals or terrorists.
Victoria’s vital Latrobe Valley power supplies and economic future under threat due to State Labor failing to stand up for Victoria over the Federal Labor Government’s bungled emissions trading scheme.
Inaction on expert reports on how to reduce blackouts, speed up restoration of supply, make it easier for consumers to report blackouts and keep consumers informed about progress on supply restoration.
Cover-up of the damning expert report on the April 2008 windstorms and blackouts, action which may have helped save lives in the February 2009 bushfires.
Failure to act on Auditor-General recommendations about improving the bushfire safety of power lines.
A bungled, over-budget roll-out of new electricity “smart” meters that should have allowed customers to better manage their electricity use and greenhouse emissions but has only delivered significant cost increases to the electricity bills of Victorian families and businesses.
Legislation that requires electricity retailers to offer a “fair” feed-in tariff to any customer who supplies feed-in power to the grid, but there is no clear specification of what a “fair” tariff is, and a complex and bureaucratic oversight arrangements have deterred the widespread uptake of this scheme.