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VIC ELECTION: Matthew Guy promises cheap TVs and fridges

Thousands of struggling families will get half-price flat-screen TVs and cheap fridges if the Coalition wins next week’s state election.

The plan is part of a bid to save low-income households up to $325 per year on power.

Opposition Leader Matthew Guy is promising to invest $40 million into the scheme over four years.

Those who trade in their old power-sapping models electrical devices will receive a 40 per cent discount on energy-efficient fridges, and a 50 per cent discount for new energy-efficient TVs.

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Shadow Treasurer Michael O’Brien says the scheme is needed.

“The Coalition is very concerned about the cost of living,” he said.

“We’ve seen electricity bills go through the roof the past four years.

“This program will make a world of difference to a lot of people struggling to pay their power bills.”

The government says it is nothing more than a “thought bubble”.