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22 June 2013

Attention Political and general reporters For immediate Release BUSH BETRAYAL - 33 Power stations and more than 160 jobs set to be privatised without a mandate 160 Jobs to go, many in Indigenous communities The Electrical Trades Union has described the latest announcement by the government that it intends to plough full steam ahead with the privatisation of isolated state - owned power station assets, “as a low act and a gross betrayal of trust” State Secretary Peter Simpson said the decision to plough ahead with recommendation 29 of the recently released Independent Review Panel Report is a blatant privatisation of state owned assets and more than 160 jobs including those of many local Indigenous workers who work in remote island communities. “This is a low act even for this government, they said they would not sell assets without a mandate, yet they are full steam ahead into selling 33 isolated power station assets currently owned by the Queensland public” Mr. Simpson said. He pointed to the ongoing lies of the government and accused them of treating the Queensland public like mushrooms. “Back on January 18 Treasure Nicholls’ said in The Courier Mail on the subject of electricity assets “We remain committed to that position: no sales without a mandate from the people” and Newman himself reiterated that point in April 30 where the Brisbane Times reported “The state government has held the position they would not sell assets without seeking a mandate since before the last election. For the first time Mr Newman has completely ruled out taking a policy of selling energy assets to the 2016 election” yet here we are just days after the final IRP report hit the deck and they are lying through their teeth” In a further sign of bad faith the government has allowed just two weeks to ram through consultation with a view to have a final decision by July 7. The Union lodged a dispute with Fair Work Australia on Thursday, that hearing will proceed at 2.30;pm Monday 24th June in Brisbane. “We thought the government’s decision to look at closing more than 30 Ergon Depots throughout regional and remote Queensland was cutting the bush adrift but this is a scorched earth scenario. Communities from Birdsville to Thursday Island will have their power stations privatised and their jobs outsourced; it’s a betrayal of the bush” “The government is treating rural communities with utter contempt they are steamrolling community concern and ramming through destructive policies that will decimate regional and remote communities” For further information or interview contact Stuart Traill 0430 072 049 Peter Simpson – State Secretary 0419 721 041 Andrew Irvine - Media Officer 0448633858

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