Conservative states 'not responsible for electricity hike'

Increasing energy bills have been a problem for Australian consumers in recent months as power bills soar across the country, pushing up household expenses for the average homeowner and forcing them to use savings accounts to make ends meet.

However, resources minister Martin Ferguson has dismissed claims that conservative states are causing the jump in prices.

Mr Ferguson was rejecting a plan by independent politician Rob Oakeshott for a federal takeover of electricity price regulation, in a bid to stop larger states enjoying the proceeds of their power bills, reports the Age.

"The states do not control the regulatory authorities that set prices and any suggestion that they do has no basis in fact and is a cheap shot," he angrily stated.

South Australian senator Nick Xenophon recently claimed the current energy infrastructure is unfairly balanced against consumers, making it too easy for prices to rise and hit Aussies in the wallet.

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