Why Aussie power bills are soaring

Why Aussie power bills are soaring

ALMOST 60 per cent of Australians say they won’t pay an extra cent for clean energy as a new report exposes the main causes of soaring power bills. In a damning report out today, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has accused power companies of deliberately overcomplicating contracts and seeking loopholes to charge more. The consumer watchdog report shows household power bills had risen 63 per cent in a decade to an average of about $1524, with some Australian families now having to make the choice between whether to “heat…

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Clean Energy Target not certain to lower power prices: ACCC Chairman

Clean Energy Target not certain to lower power prices: ACCC Chairman

Posted October 16, 2017 00:07:30 It is not clear that a Clean Energy Target would lower power prices, the head of the competition watchdog has said in comments likely to deal the troubled policy a death blow. “We don’t judge that it will have that much of an effect on affordability,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims told the ABC. The comments undermine modelling from Chief Scientist Alan Finkel showing a CET would deliver a 10 per cent reduction in prices over 30 years. “It’s an arguable proposition,” Mr Sims told the…

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Aussies choose holidays over food

Aussies choose holidays over food

AUSTRALIANS see holidays as a necessity rather than a luxury, new research suggests, while fancy food is the first item on the chopping block when it comes to cost cutting. A comparethemarket.com.au survey of 1155 Australians found 77 per cent favoured a good holiday over good food and 74 per cent would cut back on dining out to afford their trip. Others would pack their lunches for work (56 per cent) and ditch cafe coffees (52 per cent). Only 9 per cent would forego a holiday, even if rising utility…

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'I did not hunt for him': Alleged 'fixer' denies setting up meetings for Harvey Weinstein

'I did not hunt for him': Alleged 'fixer' denies setting up meetings for Harvey Weinstein

Updated October 14, 2017 18:05:49 The chorus of Hollywood stars and accusers denouncing film producer Harvey Weinstein has grown larger, as his brother insisted the embattled production company that bears both their names was “continuing as usual.” Key points Harvey Weinstein’s brother Bob says The Weinstein Co production company won’t shut down More high-profile models, actresses accuse the producer of sexual assault Robert De Nero and others scrap an Amazon series that was being produced by The Weinstein Co The entertainment world has been reeling since last week’s New York…

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Aussies head to ‘tradie Olympics’

Aussies head to ‘tradie Olympics’

TWO years of intense training and sacrifice have led to this moment for Australia’s best young tradies. International ‘tradie Olympics’ WorldSkills 2017 began in Abu Dhabi with an opening ceremony where 18 Skillaroos proudly wore their national uniform and waved the Australian flag in front of visitors from 77 different countries. The already multicultural city will now bring its new melting pot to boiling point, with the competition heating up for day one of events. Carpenters will begin sawing, web designers will begin coding and pastry chefs will begin baking….

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