TAXPAYERS paid $80,000 to receive a letter on the government's energy reforms a week before the sale of Aurora fell over.
The letter, signed by Premier Lara Giddings and Energy Minister Bryan Green, was mailed to 257,000 Tasmanian households promoting future power price drops, saying Tasmanians would be transitioned to new energy providers from January 1 next year.
However, with the sale closed after a lack of bidders, that information was outdated the following week.
The government's leader in the Legislative Council, Craig Farrell, revealed the spend in the council yesterday in response to questions from the opposition.
Liberal energy spokesman Matthew Groom said it was "typical of this dysfunctional government that at the same time that the Aurora sale was falling apart, they were wasting tens of thousands of dollars on mailing out brochures explaining a sale that was never going to happen".
A government spokesman said the letter was not solely about the sale process but the "entire reform process".