KEEPING THE LIGHTS ON: Luke Hartsuyker and Julie Bishop.
KEEPING THE LIGHTS ON: Luke Hartsuyker and Julie Bishop. Rob Wright

Bishop gets on with business

FEDERAL Opposition deputy leader Julie Bishop said cost of living increases and population pressures were issues raised with her by small business people during her visit to Coffs Harbour yesterday.

Ms Bishop visited Park Beach Plaza; addressed a lunch at the Deep Sea Fishing Club on the Coalition perspective on creating more opportunities for women and travelled to Woolgoolga to meet representatives from the Woolgoolga Chamber of Commerce.

At the Plaza, she spoke with butcher Russell Greenwood, the owner of Russell’s Prime Quality Meats, who last month went public on his concerns about the effects of the rising price of electricity on his business.

The Coalition is opposing the Federal Labor Government’s proposed emissions trading scheme, which had been factored into the estimated forthcoming price rises for electricity.

Federal Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker said the announcement that North Coast residents would see a 64 per cent increase in electricity prices in the next three years was causing serious concern.

“The increases will be greatest for Country Energy customers on the North Coast and will hit low and middle income families hard,” Mr Hartsuyker said.



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