Price freeze being ignored

QUEENSLAND Premier Campbell Newman's election promise to freeze regulated electricity tariffs has copped another blow after another service provider raised its prices.

Mr Newman last week declared a public war on Origin Energy, accusing the electricity provider of "unjustified and unacceptably high" price increases and urged customers to switch.

He said despite the government freezing the regulated tariff for domestic households, Origin had increased the tariff 11 for market customers on contracts by 13.7 per cent.

Mr Newman also threatened to cut $27 million worth of government contracts with Origin in protest of the price hikes.

However, AGL Energy Limited released its new pricing structure late on Tuesday, which showed its tariff 11 charge would increase by 14.6 per cent and its daily service fee would jump by 2.8 per cent.


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