Samantha Rudolph is a Wurundjeri woman, and the Aboriginal Policy Officer with Consumer Action Law Centre. She works as part of an integrated practice project addressing the systemic causes of consumer, credit and debt issues experienced by First Nations people and communities in Victoria.
Ms Rudolph has written to the Department of Energy and Mining, South Australia, to show support for the South Australian Council of Social Service’s (SACOSS) submission to the Department’s Consultation on proposed amendments to customer payment under Remote Area Energy Supply (RAES) Scheme Issues Paper.
“SACOSS’s submission highlights the same concerns that we have,” says Ms Rudolph.
“At the heart of their submission is the principle that energy is an essential service; consumers have a right to access it on fair and reasonable terms and must be protected from disconnection due to an inability to pay.”
Ms Rudolph’s letter has been endorsed by Mob Strong Debt Help and Financial Rights Legal Centre.
Read the letter (PDF).SACOSS support letter