Utility Costs Up 64.1% Since 2002

Utility Costs Up 64.1% Since 2002

South Australia Opposition Leader Isobel Redmond

Cost Of Living Soars Under Rann Government

Victor P Taffa

South Australian families face a bleak Christmas this year as the cost of living has exploded on the Rann Government’s watch, with Water, Gas and Electricity Prices Soaring.

In the past 12 months under Mr. Rann and Mr. Foley, utilities in Adelaide have risen by 8.1 % well above inflation according to Australian Bureau of Statistics data.

“Under the financial mismanagement of Mr. Rann and Mr. Foley, South Australians are paying more for basic needs.” State Liberal Leader Isobel Redmond said today.

“In fact, in the last 12 months water prices have risen by 14.0 %, faster than the National Average of 11.8 %.”

“To further add insult to injury, since 2002 Mr. Rann and Mr. Foley have overseen an explosion of 64.1 % in utilities costs with water prices growing the fastest. The Per Unit cost of water in South Australia has trebled under Labor.” Ms. Redmond said.

“Mr. Foley last week handed down the Mid-Year Budget Review, another damning indictment of the Rann Government’s financial mismanagement.”

South Australians are also being hit across the board, with retail prices in Adelaide for essential supermarket goods above the national average. Such essentials include cheese, bread, rump steak, pork, chicken, potatoes, tomatoes, onions and coffee.

“Labor’s high taxes have led to South Australians being worse off than other States.” Ms. Redmond said.

“We are the highest taxing state in Australia, and these figures show that living in Adelaide is getting more and more expensive.”

“In fact, South Australian families preparing for this year’s Christmas festivities are paying 62 % more for a carton of milk than they were in 2002 when Mr. Rann and Mr. Foley came to office.” Ms. Redmond said.

“For a 650g loaf of Tip Top bread, the price has increased by 43 % from $2.65 in 2002 to $3.79 today.

“The reality is under Mr. Rann and Mr. Foley the cost of living has exploded as a result of Labor’s financial mismanagement and South Australian families are paying for it this Christmas.” Ms. Redmond said.