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PM must have a big power bill: O'Farrell

Wed August 8, 2012 1:01pm

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell says Prime Minister Julia Gillard must have received an unprecedented electricity bill to bring up the issue of electricity price rises.

Ms Gillard has blamed power companies and state governments for big spikes in electricity prices.

She has demanded states find solutions to take pressure off household power prices by the end of the year or face market watchdogs with greater powers to enforce changes.

"It's fantastic that Julia Gillard has finally discovered the issue of electricity," Mr O'Farrell told reporters in Sydney on Wednesday.

"Obviously she's finally seen an electricity bill from The Lodge or Kirribilli House."

However, Mr O'Farrell says it's unclear what the prime minister is asking from the states.

"On the one hand the Financial Review is suggesting she's asking for more privatisation, well come to NSW and argue that case," he said.

"On the other hand what she's simply trying to do is absolve her government's responsibility."

He says the way to avoid electricity increases this financial year is to scrap the carbon tax.

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