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Costly Perth gets even pricier
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 14:24

Perth is pricing itself out of the market for its own residents, figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Basic food items and utilities have consistently increased over the three-year period, from July 2008 to July 2011.

“It’s ridiculous that people in Perth have to pay so much more just to eat. The price of basic food items have increased including fish, which has gone up 12.4 per cent, bread is up more than 4 per cent and lamb is up a whopping 23.2 per cent,” said Simone McGurk, Secretary of UnionsWA.

“This, combined with massive increases in the prices of utilities, is crippling for the average worker whose pay has not gone up anywhere near this. It’s just making it harder for people to live here, including people who have lived here all their lives.”

The ABS figures also show that eating out is far more expensive, and a takeaway will cost 13 per cent more today than it did three years ago.

“It’s a wonder that the city can really afford to feed all those international dignitaries who are here for CHOGM. Even a serving of fish and chips is becoming a luxury for many,” Ms McGurk said.

Although the State Government has no control over the price of produce, Ms McGurk says it does have the ability to keep utility prices down.

Overall, the price of utilities has increases 41.1 percent over the three-year period. Electricity led the price explosion, rising 57 per cent, while gas and other household fuels followed suit and rose by almost 39 per cent.

 “The picture of life in Perth is not pretty. It’s expensive to live here, eat here and turn on the lights here, and that may just affect the city’s ability to attract workers to come here, or even stay here,” Ms McGurk said.

“We’re in the midst of a mining boom, but few people are feeling the benefits, as even more of their money is being eaten up by everyday essentials.”


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