Premier denies plan for 26c airconditioning limit

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. Bev Lacey

Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls asked Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk whether Queensland would have secure energy supply this summer.

Ms Palaszczuk said the former LNP Government also had a policy to reduce electricity demand during summer months.

"There is no plan to fix (air conditioners) to 26C," she said.

She said consumers may be asked to set their air conditioners at 26C during an extreme heatwave to help with network demand management.

Mr Nicholls asked the Premier whether Queenslanders would be left with "crook prawns and warm beer" over Christmas because of its energy plan.

Ms Palaszczuk said Queensland had the most robust energy system in Australia.

"We have the most efficient coal-fired fleet in the nation," she said.

"We are opening up gas reserves in this state.

"As we move from coal to renewables, gas is the key.

"Why should Queensland do all the heavy lifting when it comes to energy supply?"

Queensland Parliament live: Energy, developers, unions

IT'S the first parliamentary sitting day of the week and energy policy and the Palaszczuk Government's links to the union movement are expected to dominate Question Time today.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk used her ministerial statement to say her Government would support all recommendations in the CCC's Operation Belcarra report.

"I have already indicated my support for two of that report's key recommendations - a ban on developer donations, and better mechanisms for addressing conflict of interest concerns in council decisions," she said.

"Today I can announce my government will endorse all recommendations in the report, supporting some in full and others in principle.

"We will ensure legislative change addressing Belcarra recommendations is properly scrutinised through the committee process."

Ms Palaszczuk said the State Government would not impose a ban on developer donations which did not apply to itself.

"The State Secretary of the Labor Party has advised me that as of last Friday, the party has stopped accepting donations from property developers," she said.

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