Electricity price hike

THE carbon tax introduced by the Federal Labor Government came into effect on July 1, 2012.

Many Origin (Country Energy) customers would now be receiving electricity accounts which incorporate the increased charges pro rata from 1 July.

On my account the increases from 1 July have been residential up 19.3%, residential-controlled load 2 up 21.5% and service availability up 27.8%.

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) was introduced in 1985 to measure the changes in price levels of consumer goods and services purchased by households, or increases to the cost of living.

On our electricity accounts in the 15 years from 1985 to 2000 the domestic rate now called the residential rate, rose by just 36% as compared to the CPI by 77%.

From when that other unwanted tax, GST, was introduced in 2000, residential electricity prices have increased by 302% (incl GST) as compared to the CPI by 43%.

The service availability charge has increased over that same period by 587% (incl GST).

It will now cost just under $138 to have power connected to residential premises for an average 91 day quarter.

The reform and mergers of the state's electricity industry over the years from 25 to four distributors with the aim of providing cheaper power, better services and a cleaner environment clearly did not happen as was anticipated.

What has been created are monopolies that can charge whatever they want.

WAYNE WELSH



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