The Australian Conservatives will be lobbying to reduce common household bills in SA, and give tough powers to a new parliamentary committee to inquire into all household cost-of-living increases.
Australian Conservatives Upper House MP Robert Brokenshire told The Advertiser for small household customers, the bill for 1000 litres of SA Water had been 38c when Labor came to power in 2002 and is now $3.31, a 771 per cent increase, and for large households, 94c increasing to $3.58 per 1000 litres.
He said one of the largest fee increases was annual car registration, excluding insurance, which for a small car had gone up from $75 in 2002 to $376 today.
“Some of these increases are horrific, more than 1000 per cent in some cases,’’ he said.
“This is making it uncompetitive for business but it is also costing too much for people to live in SA."
“Our proposal is that there must be much more scrutiny by Parliament, abolishing the current committee with a standing committee which has the power to force ministers and departments to answer questions,’’ he said.