Media Releases

Budget costs of Western Power sale to exceed proceeds within four years
Mar 7, 2017 06:26AM WST

The Western Australian government is likely to receive a much smaller windfall than forecast from the partial privatisation of Western Power, new research has revealed, while the loss of ongoing revenue will leave the ... Read More

Cuts to maintenance staff throws Western Power into disarray
Jan 13, 2017 13:54PM WST

Massive cuts to Western Power staff numbers over the last two years, has seen the reduced number of maintenance crews seriously stretched as they responded to the black outs resulting from this week’s colder weather ... Read More

The truth about power prices if Western Power is sold
Dec 1, 2016 13:00PM WST

Following yesterday’s announcement by Colin Barnett that a re-elected Liberal/National government would sell-off 51 per cent of Western Power, the State government has commenced an advertising campaign to spruik their ... Read More

Western Power sell-off nothing short of 'pork barrelling'
Nov 30, 2016 13:42PM WST

The Barnett Government’s announcement to sell-off 51 per cent of Western Power is a flawed move that amounts to little more than “pork-barreling”.The Australian Services Union and Electrical Trades Union ... Read More

Country power customers to lose in privatisation move
Oct 28, 2016 10:27AM WST

Power customers in regional WA could be forced to pay more for electricity if the Tariff Equalisation Fund is axed under the privatisation of Western Power, a new report says.The report, compiled by Orion Consulting Network ... Read More

New report into Western Power sell-off fails to tell full story
Oct 26, 2016 13:02PM WST

A new PwC report released today has blatantly omitted key facts, while arguing the case for privatising Western Australia’s electricity networks.The PwC Energy Paper, launched at a Chamber of Commerce and ... Read More

Unions ramp up regional advertising campaign against Grylls’ privatisation agenda
Oct 14, 2016 12:21PM WST

Unions representing thousands of electricity workers will ramp up their advertising campaign in Bunbury and the South West this weekend, targeting new Nationals leader Brendon Grylls’ plan to privatise Western ... Read More

Joe Francis declines opportunity to defend Western Power fire sale
Aug 29, 2016 10:27AM WST

The community will be given the chance to ask questions about the Barnett Government’s planned privatisation of Western Power at a town hall meeting in the state electorate of Jandakot tomorrow (28 August).Unions ... Read More

New regional advertising campaign targets Grylls privatisation agenda
Aug 22, 2016 10:56AM WST

Unions representing thousands of electricity workers have launched an advertising campaign in Geraldton, Bunbury and the greater South West this week, targeting new National Party leader Brendon Grylls’ plan to ... Read More

Ausgrid rejection undermines Western Power privatisation
Aug 12, 2016 09:34AM WST

The Turnbull Government’s rejection of the sale of New South Wales’ electricity distribution assets to Chinese interests is a major blow to the Western Power privatisation plans of Colin Barnett and Brendon ... Read More

New Grylls spending spree to be funded by Western Power privatisation
Aug 10, 2016 12:11PM WST

New Nationals WA leader Brendon Grylls is looking to fund an election year spending spree through the sale of Western Power.Mr Grylls confirmed his support for the sale of Western Power on Perth radio yesterday, making it ... Read More

Western Power good-cop, bad-cop routine must come to an end
Jul 18, 2016 12:57PM WST

Unions representing thousands of workers in WA’s electricity system have called on Premier Colin Barnett and Treasurer Mike Nahan, to end the “good-cop, bad-cop” theatrics over the privatisation of Western ... Read More

Unions call on Barnett Government to abandon sale of Western Power as voters reject privatisation
Jul 7, 2016 15:23PM WST

Unions representing thousands of workers in WA’s electricity system have welcomed comments to the ABC today by Premier Barnett that he did not believe the WA public supported the proposal to sell off Western Power, and ... Read More

Nahan misleads media over Western Power financials
May 30, 2016 10:23AM WST

Treasurer and Energy Minister Mike Nahan is misleading the media in an attempt to downplay the significant financial benefits Western Power currently deliver to the state government.In a newspaper article today, Dr ... Read More

Massive swing threatens "safe" Liberal seat
May 20, 2016 09:02AM WST

A massive swing in the previously safe Liberal seat of Darling Range is threatening the political future of Local Government Minister Tony Simpson.A ReachTEL poll of 617 voters on Monday night recorded a swing of 13.1 per ... Read More