Govt pulls plug on Origin Energy

POWER supplier Origin Energy has refused to respond to the Queensland Government's threat to dump up to $27 million in contracts with the company, after suggesting it was unfairly increasing its prices.

Energy Minister Mark McArdle told ABC Radio on Sunday letters would be sent to government departments telling them to switch providers.

"Make no mistake, this government is very firm in its resolution to deliver cost of living decreases to the people of this state and will take the action we need to show our resolve," Mr McArdle said.

On Friday, Premier Campbell Newman said his own family would switch from Origin.

The government halted price rises for household electricity tariff as an election commitment.

Mr Newman said Origin still raised the tariff on top of other service charges.

On Friday, Origin told customers to contact the company to ensure they were being given the best deal.

In the same statement, an Origin spokesman said the price rises reflected the price the company had to pay on its network, placing the blame on the Federal Government's carbon tax.

This added price will be shown on bills delivered to Origin customers.

The company would not comment specifically on comments made by Mr McArdle.



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