Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Winners and Losers in Coalition Rebate Plan

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Winners and Losers in Coalition Rebate Plan

Article excerpt

FAMILIES will get relief from the burden of soaring electricity prices if the Coalition wins the State election next month.

Pensioners and low-income earners will also benefit, but most couples with no children and singles will miss out.

An energy rebate of up to $150, announced by NSW Opposition Leader Barry O'Farrell this week , will be available to 400,000 families who receive either Family Tax Benefit A or B.

People with a Commonwealth Health Care Card, Gold Card or Pensioner Concession Card would be eligible for a low-income household rebate of up to $235.

Low-income families who are eligible for both rebates will receive a maximum of $250.

While the rigid eligibility criteria does not leave much room to move for singles or couples with no dependant children, a spokesman for Mr O'Farrell confirmed they two groups are not completely ruled out.

Nationals MP for Ballina Don Page confirmed the rebate eligibility excluded most couples with no dependant children and singles as it would be too costly. …

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