Cost of Living

Quality of life is directly affected by an individual's ability to access essential goods and services in an affordable manner. Increases to the costs of essentials such as energy, water, communications and food have a disproportionately negative impact on pensioners and other low-income households as a greater proportion of their income is consumed in meeting these costs.

Read CPSA's full cost of living policy here.


Energy: Buyer Beware

Ask anyone who pays an energy bill and they'll tell you there's something wrong, with the average energy bill having doubled in the last 10 years.

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Dying remains an expensive business

Researchers at the University of Sydney have released a report on funeral pricing in response to ongoing complaints about exploitation and over-servicing.

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NSW Budget 2017-18 Analysis: Surplus hits $12BN, but pensioners miss out on help with energy bills

The NSW Government seems to be feeling pretty chuffed with itself after revealing a massive $12 billion budget surplus in the coming years at the 2017-18 NSW Budget, handed down in late June.

Read more: NSW Budget 2017-18 Analysis: Surplus hits $12BN, but pensioners miss out on help with energy bills

Power prices up, concessions down

The Social Services Legislation Amendment (Ending Carbon Tax Compensation) Bill 2017 is going to have a tough time passing in the Senate.

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One-off help with power bills

As a result of a deal in the Senate, single pensioners will receive a one-off energy assistance payment of $75. Couples will receive $125.

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