Liberal Leader Zed Seselja has leaped upon ABS data he says shows Canberra is more expensive to live in than Perth (or any other city in Australia):
“In 2009-10, Canberra couple families with dependent children spent $760 per week on average on essentials like fuel ($58.40), groceries ($316.17), transport ($275.42) and medical care ($110.02),” ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja said today.
“This is in stark comparison to the $666 spent by these families in Queensland, and $678 in Victoria.
“Shockingly, Canberra is even more expensive than the mining-boom town of Perth.
“These figures show that ACT’s cost of essentials are the highest in the country. The Canberra Liberals are committed to helping alleviate these pressures for Canberrans who are facing 68 per cent more tax since ACT Labor came to power in 2001.
“It’s why we’ve been calling on ACT Labor to consider the cost of living implications in their polices, which they refuse to do.
“Instead, Katy Gallagher’s suggesting Canberrans under financial strain ‘cancel their Foxtel for a while’.”