Catholic Social Services Australia says low-income families should take little comfort from the Morrison Government’s Net Zero 2050 plan, which remains silent on how electricity prices will be pushed down for those struggling to meet power bills.
CSSA chair Francis Sullivan said that while Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Energy Minister Angus Taylor are “doing somersaults” spruiking the protections for mine workers, people on low incomes will continue to struggle to cover the most basic of bills, electricity.
“What we haven’t seen in the net zero plan is how the Government intends to protect disadvantaged families and communities who are sure to be left behind if, as the Prime Minister says, ‘the market’ will provide all the answers to our climate change problems,” Mr Sullivan said.
“As we have seen for decades ‘the market’ has very little concern for the underprivileged and the disadvantaged.
“We know for a fact and from generations of experience that when it comes to sharing the benefits of market driven changes the underprivileged are always left behind.”
Mr Sullivan said the Government’s plan fails to address the need for large scale energy efficiency programs for social housing or rental stock that would drive down energy prices and benefit the environment.
Government Net Zero plan has little for low income families (Catholic Social Services Australia)