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GOING UP: The state government is re-examining the structure of its power utilities as electricity prices continue to rise.

Barnett puts Verve, Synergy re-merger in play

Premier Colin Barnett has flagged the possible re-merger of electricity utilities Verve and Synergy, saying the break-up of Western Power by the previous Labor government “has not worked”.

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Country WA
The Chamber of Commerce and the Labour Party are totally wrong. The break up has been a complete and utter disaster. None of the 4 entities will work together, Western Power have no idea of what meter is installed on my property! They continuously breach entry requirements and admit it outright! Energy is an absolute necessity for our life style, do we trust private enterprise to deliver? Look at the US where this stupid idea of privatisation originated, they have serious problems, then look at NSW & Queensland where it’s already happened. Health Energy, Education and Communications should be Government owned and operated. Tell me that privatizing Telstra has been a success, what a joke, lil'Johnny & Costalot sold the farm and we're left with what? A pig sty without any pigs!! Singtel is 72% owned by the Singaporean Government…why? Because they know what our pollies don’t. Pearson is only interested in raping the public's pockets, get real keep energy in OUR hands!

Perth
Anybody with half a brain can figure out if you have FOUR sets of high priced executives, bureaucracies and the MASSIVE communications dysfunctionality between two disimilar organistions, that the COSTS WOULD RISE. Well its only industry and the citizens that lose out. Dave

We as West Australians have to remember that we have only ourselves to blame for the sharp increases in gas-water and electricity charges, because we allowed a Labor party to govern us. THEY are the ones that DID NOT regularly increase the charges, so the various institutions could keep up the infra structures as required/needed. In the mean time their unions demanded increased wages!! Yet that government expected all these utilities to keep up the 'dividend' they were paying that government.

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