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Cost of living exploding?

By johnboy 27 October 2011 32

The Liberals’ Zed Seselja (aka the Working Class Hero) is banging his cost of living drum thanks to the latest ABS stats.

Australian Bureau of Statistics data released yesterday shows Canberra’s cost of living is continuing to rise under ACT Labor. In the past year, the ACT has experienced increases in the price indexes of rents (5.8 per cent), utilities (6.9 per cent), electricity (5.3 per cent) and water and sewerage (12 per cent). The ACT is also equal to Sydney with a consumer price index of 3.7 per cent.

“Under ACT Labor, Canberrans are being taxed more than ever before and are faced with such high basic living costs that many struggle to pay their bills,” ACT Opposition Leader, Zed Seselja said today.

“But instead of moving to reduce these pressures, this government continues to punish taxpayers by pushing ahead with a $430 million office block.

We might have to stop calling that office block “the pleasure dome” and start referring to it as “the root of all evil”.

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sarahsarah 12:13 pm 02 Nov 11

krats said :

Fast Facts

http://www.liveincanberra.com.au/fast_facts.html

Yeah, because the Live In Canberra website is so much more reputable that the Australian Bureau of Statistics. It’s not like they have a bias of trying to get people to come and live here or anything.

Rent, utilities etc are all up various percentages but it’s all okay because a cappuccino apparently only costs me $3.50? Phew!

Chop71 12:17 pm 28 Oct 11

BethiePrice said :

marcothepolopony said :

Do you think it is the government’s way of deterring and eliminating ‘lower forms of life’ from our community?

Keeping the cost of living sky high will (assist in) keeping out ‘ferals’ and undesirables.

Just a thought…………

Not really, some people take drastic measures when the cost of living becomes to high, thus resorting to ‘undesirable’ status. That bum on the street may have once been a middle income earning home owner forced out of his/her house due to increasing pressures on finances, now they have to beg for food to feed their children.
Plus the price of housing is continuously going up but you don’t see all the government housing on Northbourne being pulled down.
And it’s not just ACT, NSW cost of living isn’t improving either.

If I was to be a bum on the street, i’d do it somewhere warmer than Canberra.

Jim Jones 10:42 am 28 Oct 11

Waiting For Godot said :

The astronomical rise in the cost of living can be pinned fairly and squarely on The Greens. Their pushing of crap like “Canberra Loves 40%” and the other environmental nonsense has pushed up the price of electricity, petrol and everything else down the line.

It might be OK for their mates living in apartments in Civic and the inner north, they can afford all of this. The rest of us are suffering. We can’t go on destroying our standard of living and creating more poverty just to give the Left a warm inner glow.

Electricity is up everywhere because of network costs. Fuel is up because of turmoil in the Middle East.

Market forces.

Do feel free to use price rises as a political stick to beat your enemy, though. All the political parties seem to do it.

Waiting For Godot 10:31 am 28 Oct 11

The astronomical rise in the cost of living can be pinned fairly and squarely on The Greens. Their pushing of crap like “Canberra Loves 40%” and the other environmental nonsense has pushed up the price of electricity, petrol and everything else down the line.

It might be OK for their mates living in apartments in Civic and the inner north, they can afford all of this. The rest of us are suffering. We can’t go on destroying our standard of living and creating more poverty just to give the Left a warm inner glow.

Classified 10:03 am 28 Oct 11

Jim Jones said :

JC said :

Hey Zed, hope you or one of your staffers are reading. If you want my vote you need to do more than whinge about how bad labor has made things. How about telling us how you are going to be different and how your gonna fix things. I see from you lot is whinge after whinge after whinge and you won’t get my vote doing that.

It’s working for them federally

It’s not there are any shining lights amongst any of the them anyway.

Jim Jones 9:22 am 28 Oct 11

JC said :

Hey Zed, hope you or one of your staffers are reading. If you want my vote you need to do more than whinge about how bad labor has made things. How about telling us how you are going to be different and how your gonna fix things. I see from you lot is whinge after whinge after whinge and you won’t get my vote doing that.

It’s working for them federally

JC 7:08 am 28 Oct 11

Hey Zed, hope you or one of your staffers are reading. If you want my vote you need to do more than whinge about how bad labor has made things. How about telling us how you are going to be different and how your gonna fix things. I see from you lot is whinge after whinge after whinge and you won’t get my vote doing that.

chewy14 8:15 pm 27 Oct 11

Deref said :

Jim Jones said :

Classified said :

Deref said :

Of course it’d be soooo much better under the Libs.

It is said that people get the government they deserve.

Africans must be really terrible people.

+1

Agreed. Oh wait…..

AdventureTime 7:49 pm 27 Oct 11

ABS data also shows that the ACT has the highest disposable income, so you could argue that the cost of living reflects this. I guess it depends which statistics you choose to become emotive about [insert comments about disadvantaged members of society and it not being their fault here]. Personally I think most statistics are boring 🙂

http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Previousproducts/6523.0Main%20Features172005-06?opendocument&tabname=Summary&prodno=6523.0&issue=2005-06&num=&view=

Thumper 5:33 pm 27 Oct 11

Deref said :

Of course it’d be soooo much better under the Libs.

Might save us $430 million.

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