Calls for ACCC to stop price rises

PEAK consumer body CHOICE has welcomed the efficiency of the carbon tax in reducing emissions but has warned any push for higher levels of industry assistance could see costs of living increase.

The group on Sunday said it accepted Federal Treasury modelling which showed consumer impacts from the carbon price to be minimal and admitted a well-designed scheme targeting emissions was the most effective way to create a sustainable energy future. But it warned some businesses may attempt to spike prices to cover the carbon price.

“With so many households identifying increasing energy costs as a concern, it will be crucial that the government does not take a backward step in the levels of compensation for consumers,” CHOICE head of campaigns Matt Levey said.

“Businesses should also be put on notice that they should not use the carbon tax as an excuse to pass on unrelated costs, and we are keen to see the ACCC play an enhanced role in providing a significant deterrent to such behaviour.”

Mr Levey said the government’s commitment to assist households cut energy usage was pleasing.

“However, this is still a long way short of the reforms we think are necessary to limit the costly expansion of our energy networks...” he said.


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