Cable TV providers RSNs have been hit by outages and outages affecting thousands of people in Australia as a result of severe weather.
It comes as the Government prepares to make another bid to secure an extra $2 billion to plug the $19 billion hole in the budget over the next two years.
The ABC understands more than 1,000 households and businesses in the state are without power or cable television, while a further 400 have been impacted by outage or blackout conditions.
Power and internet outage: RSN outage affects hundreds in South Australia.
(ABC News)The RSN provider RSL Media said it was experiencing outages in many areas in South and Central Australia.
“Due to severe weather we are experiencing outage of our network,” RSL said in a statement.
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the weather.”
The company also said there were more than 800,000 RSL customers in South East Queensland, which is in the centre of the state’s bushfire danger zone.
The outage affects around 1,400 households and is affecting thousands in South South Australia, which has been hit hard by the bushfire.
Power outage: A power outage in South Brisbane.
(Twitter)”Our staff are working around the clock to support customers and to ensure customers have access to the services they need,” the company said.
“However, as a matter of urgency we are working to restore power to our customers as soon as possible.”
The Federal Government has announced more than $4 billion in aid to address the crisis.
It is estimated that the loss of the national electricity network would cost the economy $22 billion.
The Government said it would provide $2.5 billion for the power supply sector, and $1 billion for public sector electricity and gas networks.
“The Government will also provide $500 million over the coming weeks to assist small and medium businesses to get back on their feet,” the statement said.
The Federal Opposition has also called for an immediate investigation into the issue, with Labor calling for the Government to put an end to the outages immediately.
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