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PIAA calls for direct action on power prices

Thursday, 01 March 2018
By Print 21 Online Article

The Printing Industries Association of Australia has urged its members to sign a petition and contact their local Members of Parliament to demand immediate relief from crippling electricity and gas prices.

‘Enough is enough’: PIAA CEO Andrew Macaulay

“Enough is enough, we need to act now!” says PIAA CEO Andrew Macaulay in an Open letter to the Printing Industry posted on the association’s website.

“The impact of exponentially increasing energy prices is crippling our industry and poses a serious risk to employment and manufacturing in Australia. We hear your stories and we understand the impact it is having on your business decisions in order to achieve your targets.

“We share your frustration about the political complacency towards the urgency of the situation. Whilst parties across the spectrum are looking for the medium- to long-term view, industry needs immediate relief.”

Macaulay called on printers to take direct action to ‘drive the momentum’ for immediate relief. “You and your colleagues can personally assist the association’s efforts by participating in the following ways:

  1. Sign the petition calling for action

Show your support by signing the petition here.

The petition allows for a consolidated view of the national support to demand relief to the manufacturing sector from crippling energy prices

  1. Contact your Members of Parliament

Find your appropriate representatives and their contact details.

Federal Senators and Members can be identified using the postcode lookup here and relevant contact details are listed – post, online email or text.

State representatives and their contact information can be found using the links below:



  1. Share your story and what you would like to see

In your own words share your story briefly, ask for immediate relief from energy prices to save jobs and manufacturing in Australia. To assist you, the association has provided two pro forma templates so that you can use the appropriate one as the basis for your letter:

Business Owners demand relief from energy prices

Employees demand relief from energy prices

Relief packages are required now, such as:

new rules to create incentives for businesses who invest in energy infrastructure that adds to electricity supply, especially at peak times, and to reward businesses who use less during those same peaks; accelerated depreciation rates introduced with retrospective effect from 1/7/17, for energy infrastructure installed, commissioned and ready for use by Australian printers. Assets must cost less than $100,000 + GST to qualify for immediate deduction, with a 30% depreciation rate thereafter; and to encourage the investment in suitable assets, we seek a Government-mandated 30% rebate direct from all energy retailers where electricity usage is reduced by at least 15% within a 6-month period, year on year.”

Macaulay told ABC TV’s Q&A program last week that the skyrocketing cost of electricity and gas prices is crippling manufacturing in Australia and already costing jobs.

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