Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Power Bill Overload

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Power Bill Overload

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Byline: Tim Howard Tim.Howard@dailyexaminer.com.au

GOVERNMENTS should shoulder some of the burden for rising electricity prices says a Grafton-based social media and content producer.

Sue English said policies around the cost of poles and wires had driven up the price of power for the average family, so it was only fair government did something to help them out.

"I feel that a levy for poles and wires is an outrageous cost for the householder to bear, especially if this rise in bill costs is the result," she said.

"A government-subsidised funding scheme would be a much fairer way to run things - a portion of our taxes could surely go towards such a cost.

"We pay so much in taxes as it is - electricity is in every household and is considered a daily 'need' for citizens, the same as roads are, so why shouldn't the government allocate a portion of our tax towards the maintenance of poles and wires?"

Ms English said despite efforts to minimise electricity usage in her house, her electricity bill had risen from between $400 to $500 a quarter to more than $800. …

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