If household bills went up by more than 50 per cent in five years in any other market, governments would be clamouring to fix the problem. But in the electricity sector, the pace of change is glacial.

BZZZT! Take that, government

Electricity bills are the issue that is dominating our conversations, from the bus stop to the boardroom table. They are the number one cost-of-living concern for Australians, ahead of mortgages, rent and groceries.

The debate about how to fix this problem has, however, become bogged down in countless reviews, reports and committees.

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  • Blackadder says:

    04:50pm | 07/12/12

    @Loxy, I did the ‘before’ and ‘after’ comparisons given my Origin bills, comparing actual usage and costs, to those advised increases in the letters Origin issued. My Origin bills will be increasing 20%. I’ve since changed providers. My exit from Origin was confirmed when, within a month of the increase… Read more »

  • Jaqui says:

    04:19pm | 07/12/12

    You mean the propaganda that says how much carbon was created through your energy usage or the propaganda sheet added in with the bill? Read more »


The Budget this week has me thinking about how no one likes their finances meddled with, especially given the prospect of more or increased bills. I’m no exception.

Illustration by Warren Brown, The Daily Telegraph

When they arrive in my letter box I’m instantly in a bad mood. I know they’re due but somewhere in the back of my mind I still hope that just once in my lifetime, the “systems” will go down and all the slates will be wiped clean. 

I find I’m actually quite defensive towards them.  I sometimes wonder if I were to tear it up, would anyone notice?

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  • Timmo says:

    09:17am | 17/05/10

    What we do with bills is pay during the period of usage something to the companies by direct debit, say Electricity, 20 dollars a fortnight and the same for telephone etc and after this is deducted from the final bill it makes it less although we still pay the lot… Read more »

  • Molly says:

    02:05pm | 15/05/10

    Damien, I love your articles. Keep it up mate. Read more »


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