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Monday, March 6th, 2017

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It's just getting better ???

Monday, July 29th, 2013


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HOBART'S average unleaded petrol price has climbed by about 4c in the past 10 days, while the wholesale price paid by importers has fallen by 7c .

RACT spokesman Vince Taskunas said any further rises above yesterday's average of about 164c a litre would be a travesty, given that:

THE Singapore wholesale price had been sinking steadily, from a July 15 peak of $141c to below $129c, according to Australian Institute of Petroleum figures.

ULP prices which yesterday varied between 162.7c and 166c in Hobart were too high for many Tasmanians to afford.

The ULP price has climbed about 10c in the past two weeks and more than 20c in the past year.

Prices in other parts of Tasmania have been even higher.

Mr Taskunas said the rapid rises had been particularly harsh on premium fuel users, but not so painful for diesel buyers.

Premium 95 petrol yesterday averaged 173.7c a litre, down from a 174.3c peak on Wednesday, while Premium 98 has sat just under 180c since Wednesday.

Average diesel prices have risen more slowly, about 1.5c in the past week, and remain below unleaded petrol at 161.6c.

Mr Taskunas said the continuation of such high prices was costing many Tasmanians as much $10 a week in unavoidable fuel bills.

"That's $40 extra a month, and nothing else has gone down. With higher power bills and winter heating, it's hurting people," he said.

Mr Taskunas said fuel price rises typically occurred sooner and a lot more rapidly compared with price reductions and a repeat of such a scenario would be grossly unfair on Tasmanians, particularly pensioners and low-income families.

He said the perennial price gap between Tasmania and other interstate capitals had narrowed during the surge in global wholesale prices.

"That's often the case when the price goes up, it does narrow" he said.

Commsec experts believe prices will continue rising nationally by as much as 3c in the next two weeks and said the pain had been amplified by the rate of the climb the fastest increase since 2009 of about 16c in two months.

Australian Industry Group chief economist Julie Toth said fuel price rises directly impacted on business transport costs and made consumers more wary of spending on luxury items.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd this week scrapped the $330,000-a-year Petrol Commissioner position, which he had implemented in 2008.

The price squeeze is expected to increase the use of shopper dockets.

Sourced from The Mercury

It's just getting better ???

Monday, July 29th, 2013


petrol-board1

HOBART'S average unleaded petrol price has climbed by about 4c in the past 10 days, while the wholesale price paid by importers has fallen by 7c .

RACT spokesman Vince Taskunas said any further rises above yesterday's average of about 164c a litre would be a travesty, given that:

THE Singapore wholesale price had been sinking steadily, from a July 15 peak of $141c to below $129c, according to Australian Institute of Petroleum figures.

ULP prices which yesterday varied between 162.7c and 166c in Hobart were too high for many Tasmanians to afford.

The ULP price has climbed about 10c in the past two weeks and more than 20c in the past year.

Prices in other parts of Tasmania have been even higher.

Mr Taskunas said the rapid rises had been particularly harsh on premium fuel users, but not so painful for diesel buyers.

Premium 95 petrol yesterday averaged 173.7c a litre, down from a 174.3c peak on Wednesday, while Premium 98 has sat just under 180c since Wednesday.

Average diesel prices have risen more slowly, about 1.5c in the past week, and remain below unleaded petrol at 161.6c.

Mr Taskunas said the continuation of such high prices was costing many Tasmanians as much $10 a week in unavoidable fuel bills.

"That's $40 extra a month, and nothing else has gone down. With higher power bills and winter heating, it's hurting people," he said.

Mr Taskunas said fuel price rises typically occurred sooner and a lot more rapidly compared with price reductions and a repeat of such a scenario would be grossly unfair on Tasmanians, particularly pensioners and low-income families.

He said the perennial price gap between Tasmania and other interstate capitals had narrowed during the surge in global wholesale prices.

"That's often the case when the price goes up, it does narrow" he said.

Commsec experts believe prices will continue rising nationally by as much as 3c in the next two weeks and said the pain had been amplified by the rate of the climb the fastest increase since 2009 of about 16c in two months.

Australian Industry Group chief economist Julie Toth said fuel price rises directly impacted on business transport costs and made consumers more wary of spending on luxury items.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd this week scrapped the $330,000-a-year Petrol Commissioner position, which he had implemented in 2008.

The price squeeze is expected to increase the use of shopper dockets.

Sourced from The Mercury

Speed Cameras

Friday, December 7th, 2012

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TASMANIA Police has denied new speed cameras do not work effectively because of design defects.

Reports today claimed the mobile laser speed camera's effectiveness was limited because it could not work properly through protective glass covers.

But Inspector Mark Beech-Jones said the cameras were working fine and would work even better when upgraded.

"They are capturing and detecting people speeding. When they were launched last week, they caught someone speeding. Yesterday the one in southern region photographed 2000 cars," he said.

He said the cameras had a range of 70m. But by replacing the perspex covers, their range would increase to 110m.

"The cost to change the perspex will be under $500 in total. It's only a piece of perspex we're changing to improve the range.

"There's nothing wrong with the equipment. There's nothing wrong with the trailer."

The cameras were mainly used in urban settings, where range was not a critical issue, he said.

Inspector Beech-Jones also rejected suggestions the camera mounts were on the wrong side of the trailers, saying there were four mounts in each and the operator could move the camera depending on the road and conditions.

Three mobile laser speed camera trailers were launched last week.

They were funded by the Motor Accidents Insurance Board to the tune of $42,000.

Sourced from The Mercury

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Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

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Powerless yet holds the Power?

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

TASMANIANS had been denied the chance to benefit from the Big Electricity Switch campaign because there was no retail contestability, One Big Switch director Christopher Zinn said yesterday.

Nearly 200,000 consumers in NSW, SA, Victoria, the ACT and Queensland had received discounts in their electricity bill up to 16.5 per cent in NSW and up to 18.5 per cent in Victoria and SA.

However, despite a recommendation from the Electricity Supply Industry Panel for retail competition, the Government has stopped short.

"We had 950 people sign up from Tasmania, even though there is no residential contestability, just so they can send a signal," Mr Zinn said.

Mr Zinn said that Tasmanian consumers who signed up to One Big Switch had annual bills of $2676 partly because of the colder climate, but also because of high prices.

The Big Electricity Switch campaign began in June when One Big Switch launched the campaign in partnership with News Ltd papers interstate.

After signing up the 200,000 consumers One Big Switch went to companies and sought a better deal for consumers prepared to switch retailers.

"Thanks to the support of hundreds of thousands of Australians, discounted offers are a reality," Mr Zinn said.

"Now people can decide what is best for them. They can switch, use the offer to shop around for a better deal, or even call your current electricity supplier and ask them to match the offer."

In Tasmania, consumers can deal only with Aurora Energy for electricity and cannot negotiate better deals.

Prices rose by 10.56 per cent on July 1 after Aurora received approval for the rise from the Tasmanian Energy Regulator.

About 5.6 per cent of the $240 a year rise on the average bill of $2200 a year was attributed to the carbon tax.

Tasmania's power prices have increased by 100 per cent since 2000. In the 2012 Budget, the State Government spent $37 million to trim by about $200 per household previously anticipated rises. The Government is also spending $37.3 million on concessions.

Energy Minister Bryan Green said yesterday the Government intended to introduce choice of electricity retailer for customers from 2014

Sourced from The Mercury

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Liberals Question Carbon Tax

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

LIBERAL energy spokesman Matthew Groom has demanded to know why Tasmanians will pay carbon tax on the mostly carbon-free electricity generated in Tasmania.

It was confirmed last week that half of the 10.5 per cent increase in power prices about $125 a year for the average household is because of the carbon tax.

But Mr Groom pointed out that Tasmanians operate on more than 80 per cent renewable energy.

"The whole point of the carbon tax is to transition to renewable energy yet Tasmanians have already made and paid for that transition, with our energy companies still holding more than $2 billion of debt as a result," he said.

Government spokesman Matthew Sullivan explained that electricity producer Hydro would not be subject to the carbon tax, as its hydro-electric and wind power generation methods did not emit carbon.

But he said Aurora, which buys electricity from Hydro to sell to Tasmanian customers, would attract a share of the tax because it runs the gas-fired Tamar Valley Power Station, which does emit carbon.

Meanwhile, families with incomes of up to $150,000 a year will be better off under the carbon tax, according to Treasurer Wayne Swan.

A Treasury analysis reveals half of all families earning up to $150,000 will be over compensated for the carbon tax with tax cuts and welfare changes equivalent to 120 per cent of the expected cost.

Sourced from The Mercury

So just how short of a memory does the Liberal Party think we (the public) have forgotten the policy that the Liberals wanted to implement back in the late 90"s. Lets just recap, they wanted to fully privatise Aurora,Transend & Hydro hence the reason the original Hydro was split into three separate entities. Now they (Liberals) want us to believe that they really have our interest first and not just point scoring in the hopes of maybe winning the next (whenever it be) state election!

However why wasn't the questions raised before the regulator rubber stamped the approval would have been the better approach… 😐

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Yet Another Electricity Rise

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

ELECTRICITY prices will rise by 10.56 per cent from July 1, following a decision by the Tasmanian Economic Regulator.

The rise equates to about $232 on the average $2200 annual bill for each of Aurora Energy's residential customers.

Chairman of the Tasmanian Economic Regulator Glenn Appleyard said higher-than-forecast network charges, higher-than-forecast costs of complying with the Australian Government's renewable energy schemes and higher rates of inflation are the main reasons for the price increase being more than the 8.71 per cent increase forecast in 2010.

Rises were smaller than the 26 per cent which was anticipated earlier this year.

The carbon tax was estimated to have comprised 5.6 per cent of the rise.

In the Budget the State Government spent $37 million to restrict the previously anticipated rises by about $200 per household.

In May an Australian Energy Regulator determination restricted Aurora to an 11.5 per cent increase in revenue for 2012-17 period, which itself had the effect of cutting bills by$74 per household.

Sourced from The Mercury

So yet again Tasmanians get yet another cash grab from Aurora. However this time under the guise of Carbon Tax! So Energy Regular how can you justify such a move? and of course for the Tasmanian government do you even remember that election promise of capped electricity rise of no more than 5% 🙁

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Kindergarten Politicians

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

IF Tasmanian politics is theatre, albeit played on a very small stage, Budget Estimates is a week of matinee performances.

It's a space where the elected representatives can liken each other to Robert Mugabe, accuse one another of "constipating the economy", claim the Spirit of Tasmania ferries are "a superhighway for drugs", thank one another for "another completely unsatisfactory answer", and misconstrue Budget papers to say just about anything they want.

The annual hearings crack open the door on Government spending and fiscal performance, giving an insight perhaps not so much into where Tasmania is going as where it has just been.

The hearings can be marathon affairs lasting 10 hours as members traverse portfolios in exacting detail, before committee chairs mercifully declare: "The time for examination has expired."

Otto von Bismark once said something to the effect that the business of government was like the manufacture of sausages, it is better not to see them being made. Estimates is Bismark's adage writ large.

This year's hearings were a chance for the Liberal Opposition to forensically extract the effects of the massive cuts in the 2010-11 Budget through the system.

So Tasmanians learned that in the past nine months 250 nurses had disappeared from the state's health system one a day as the Opposition delighted in calculating and hospital waiting lists had grown about 5 per cent.

We heard of 150 fewer teachers (or 373 depending on how you count) and 118 teachers aides too, along with 50 police, although one of those will return to the streets thanks to cuts to the PCYC.

Perhaps the most extraordinary revelation of the hearings was the Government's plan to table legislation to enact the forest peace deal with big gaps for the details to be filled in later.

Absent from the Intergovernmental Forestry Agreement bills will be the size of the reserves or of timber quotas, but at least the deadline will be met. The move will give parties to the peace deal a couple more months to sort out a lasting agreement.

By fulfilling the letter of its deal with the Federal Government, the Giddings Government will ensure $100 million in development funding continues to flow.

Among other revelations were the likelihood that Social Inclusion Commissioner David Adams will not be replaced when his contract expires in October, although the Education Department will find some work to keep the premier's dumped $200,000-a-year former chief of staff Mark Sayer busy.

A new Basslink connector isn't likely anytime soon, thanks to the troubled Budget, nor is a 35-seat Lower House, but the people of the Huon Valley will be getting a visit from entrepreneur whisperer Ernesto Sirolli.

And the state's Aboriginal people will have to wait another year for proper protection of their ancient heritage, although the 14-year delay has probably imparted a degree of patience.

Estimates is a fine forum for the political trivia buff and provides good fodder for Twitter.

Where else can you find out that vandals and arsonists are costing Housing Tasmania $5 million a year, Tourism Tasmania is spending $2 million on a website, 2 per cent of the suspensions from government schools were for sexual incidents and exactly no dead birds stuffed with drugs were thrown over the perimeter fences of Risdon Prison last year?

Hayes Prison Farm is no more sold than it was a year ago, although there's a lovely patch of bush up the back that might be worth looking after.

Oh, and there were 2.8 fewer spin doctors in the Government Media Unit last year, $699,208 less spent on travel and one less ministerial car, while compensation claims by educators numbered 501 and cost $9.28 million.

At their best, Budget estimates hearings offer an unprecedented opportunity to see the inner workings of government.

Into each hearing each morning trudges a platoon of senior public servants, each clutching a lever arch folder filled with data on the minutia of every section of every department.

What wondrous secrets must lie within those bulging folders for the person who asks just the right question the interesting tidbits governments keep from those they govern.

Premier Lara Giddings had a phalanx of about 30 minders and helpers who filled Parliament's Long Room and while the vast majority were never required they were diverted from their daily duties nonetheless.

As a spectacle, Estimates hearings attracts a limited public following – though there are moments of humour and conflict.

Like when Premier Lara Giddings patiently explained that detailing how the Government works out its likely GST share isn't in the public interest or when yet another minister tried to turn a question on an inquisitor, starting a reply with "Here we go again … ".

There is little love lost between Education Minister Nick McKim or his counterpart Michael Ferguson, nor between Opposition Treasury spokesman Peter Gutwein and the Premier. Even normally softly spoken Attorney-General Brian Wightman and Liberal Matthew Groom managed some sparks.

Ms Giddings' feigned indignation to Opposition questioning is coming along well, and even rubbing off on Greens leader Nick McKim – though he could possibly try harder to suppress his broad smile when deflecting Mr Ferguson's inquiries with political jabs of his own.

Health Minister Michelle O'Byrne displayed a hitherto unknown skill for reading out figures at a breakneck pace that unfortunately defied any attempt by reporters to write them down.

But with a power-sharing parliament, some of the sting is taken out of proceedings and the Liberals are left to do all the heavy lifting the Greens once shared.

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