Gillard will have at least half a point – states, particularly South Australia, have forced greater power price rises than the carbon tax has. Greenies shouldn’t crow though – it’s mainly due to green power scams forcing consumers to underwrite tinkerbell schemes like wind farms and absurd “solar subsidies”.
So no, not just carbon dioxide taxation but yes, virtually all due to dioxycarbophobia and the green assault on useful power generation.
PRIME Minister Julia Gillard will launch an attack on the states today over soaring power prices, barely a month after her own price-inflating carbon tax began.
And she will use the latest figures to back up her argument – which show household power bills have increased by a staggering 62.4 per cent in South Australia over the past four years, adding $1086 in expenses to the average bill before the carbon price even kicked in.
That equals the second highest jump along with Western Australia, but is less than the 69.2 per cent hike in New South Wales since 2008-09.
Ms Gillard will say the burden on households from her carbon price will add a comparatively small $115 to that pain this financial year.