Its not just the fact that the market is driving more and more people into poverty, its that we are moving into a world where energy poverty is the norm and those who are not in a position to generate their own energy will suffer. (I also expect that those who CAN generate their own will be taxed to death for the benefit of the companies that sell it, but that's another discussion)
This bit has it right
"What's happening is the cartel that's been pushing prices up for the last decade is still operating. The big companies are essentially able to raise their prices without consequences and consumers simply have to pay or get disconnected," he said.
The reality is that they wont notice until so many of us are disconnected that their profits finally dip, permanently.
Contact Energy said the survey did not provide the complete picture.
"We have a range of pricing plans and highly competitive offers in the market along with a range of payment options that help customers meet their energy needs," it said.
What we don't have is the smart people from these companies trying to live in the same conditions on the same income and pay the same prices for the same amount of power. And don't expect it any time soon. The sooner we stop this idiotic experiment in running critical human infrastructure through profit-oriented organisations and understand that the people's resources are there for the benefit of the people, not the few, the better.
What we will also need is a people much more aware that the people's resources belong not to them, but to their great grandchildren and we are the guardians of those resources for their benefit.