Queensland sparkies call on State Government to stay out of electrical contracting

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20 April 2016

Queensland electricians, their employees and families have today urged the State Government to stay out of electrical contracting, saying business was tough enough without having to compete with the Government.

Master Electricians Australia today launched a Parliamentary petition opposing the State Government’s plan to spin off its own electrical contracting business from its distribution businesses Ergon and Energex.

MEA Chief Executive Officer Malcolm Richards said the association had been inundated with calls from mum and dad electrical contracting businesses concerned about the impact the move will have on their viability, and their ability to retain employees and apprentices.

“Master Electricians has already expressed our grave concerns about the potential abuse of market power by the State Government setting up its own business to compete head to head with small electrical businesses,” Mr Richards said.

“Since this issue came to light, we’ve had dozens and dozens of businesses get in touch with us to share their concerns.

“So now we’ve set up an e-petition to the Queensland Parliament calling on the State Government not to throw Queensland small businesses and their workers under the bus.

“Mum and dad businesses would never be able to afford to borrow money or sustain losses in the same way the State Government can. The only possible result from head-to-head competition would be small businesses being sent to the wall.

“There is no market failure, or any good reason for the State Government to get into the electrical contracting business. 

“It flies in the face of the fundamental beliefs of a free enterprise society – that people who invest in businesses will not find themselves competing with the government.”

Mr Richards urged Queenslanders to go to www.masterelectricians.com.au to find a link to the petition.

Malcolm Richards is available for interview. Please phone SAS Group on 07 3221 9222 or 0467 792 013.