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No. 30, March Qtr 2017: Energy Snapshot

3 May 2017

Summary of cost of living changes in the March Quarter 2017. Given that petrol price rises were a big factor in this quarter, the report also contains a snapshot of price changes over the last ten years in the key energy commodities: petrol, gas, and electricity.

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No.29, December Qtr 2016

6 March 2017

Summary of cost of living changes in the December Quarter 2016. This issue also contains a snapshot of key cost of living changes since the election of the State Labor Government, including a comparison with national price changes and a few surprises.

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No. 28, September Qtr 2016

10 November 2016

A summary of cost of living changes in the September Quarter. There is no special feature in this Update.

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No. 27, June Qtr 2016: Financial Pressures Survey

4 August 2016

A summary of the cost of living changes in the June Quarter. This Update also includes a report on the results of a survey of 500 low income Australians about their household budgets and financial pressures.

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No. 26, March Qtr 2016

3 August 2016

A summary of cost of living changes in the March Quarter. There is no special feature in this Update.

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No.25, Dec Qtr 2015: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

4 February 2016

Summary of cost of living changes in the December Quarter 2015. The report also looks at cost of living pressures over the last decade, highlighting the goods and services that went up the least, and the most ("the good, the bad and the ugly"). The report contrasts these prices changes with changes in incomes and finds that those on Newstart have fallen further behind.

No.24, Sept Qtr 2015: Taxes

6 December 2015

A summary of cost of living changes in the September Quarter which shows that taxes were not a significant driver of cost of living pressures.

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No.23, June Qtr 2015

29 July 2015

A summary of cost of living changes in the June Quarter with relatively low price increases and a generally better quarter for vulnerable and disadvantaged people. There is no feature article in this issue.

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No.22, March Qtr 2015: Telecommunications

20 May 2015

A summary of cost of living changes in the March Quarter with relatively low price increases and a generally better quarter for vulnerable and disadvantaged people. This issue contains a feature on telecommunications and argues that telecommunications expenditure is essential, significant and regressive and that a re-think of telecommunications concessions is required.

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No. 21, December Qtr 2014

10 February 2015

A summary of cost of living changes in the December Quarter with relatively low price increases and a generally better quarter for vulnerable and disadvantaged people. There is no feature article in this issue.

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