Constituents want to know candidate’s stance

Greg Bickley, Liberal candidate for Bendigo, in the Bendigo Advertiser (Letters, November 21) declares himself “a champion of democracy” and “committed to the repeal of the carbon tax”. Yet, on three separate occasions in letters to this paper he’s been asked to declare his position on climate change, without a response. I know of another little battler – the type Mr Bickley claims to represent – Mr Bruce Robertson, a farm grazier from Burrell Creek who four months ago took on the power companies who wanted to run giant transmission lines through his property.
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He looked into the lies that power companies were telling about electricity prices.

The end result was that Grid Australia – representing the power companies – withdrew the lawsuit they had filed against him and apologised, because the Productivity Commission found that everything he had said was true. That is, escalating power bills were the upshot of over-investment by Networks, by “Gold plating” (excessive spending), and that “inflated prices” have been the driving force behind the rise in bills. Not the carbon tax, not rising consumption. Disappointingly the Bendigo Advertiser, as a rural paper, has not reported one word of the Robertson’s story. But back to Mr Bickley – I repeat, the carbon tax is not responsible for the increase in electricity costs.

Constituents of Bendigo would like to know whether you accept the science of climate change and what you as part of an Abbott government will do to address it.

Ray Wilson,

Kangaroo Flat

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