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Food hike claim

Member for Mallee John Forrest has estimated the average household across his electorate would pay more than $120 a year for food as a result of the Federal Government’s carbon tax.
Mr Forrest said the figure was in stark contrast to government claims that the figure would only increase by $40.
“The Australian Food and Grocery Council estimates that the carbon tax will add $120 a year to household grocery bills and one would think they know their stuff,” Mr Forrest said.
“This will be another hit on Australian families already struggling under a five percent increase in grocery prices in the first nine months under the Gillard Government regime, a time when electricity prices have jumped 12.5 percent, water nearly 13 percent, fuel about seven percent and education costs around six percent.
The Federal Government will introduce the tax from July 1 next year.
“I had a call from one constituent about whether their carbon tax handout would be consumed by rent and other cost increases. Sadly, I have to say yes because rents have already gone up three percent in the past nine months,” Mr Forrest said.
“So whether it is food, electricity or rent, costs will escalate, and must escalate at a faster rate, because this is a new tax, albeit indirect, from July 1, 2012, and there is no doubt it will compound the household cost rises of the past nine months.”

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Posted on Jul 27 2011

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