Cherie Fraser, pictured with her children Adam and Emma at Victoria Park, wonders how the carbon tax will affect her family.
Cherie Fraser, pictured with her children Adam and Emma at Victoria Park, wonders how the carbon tax will affect her family. Kathryn Greensill Rokktax

Mum says she'll suffer: carbon tax

WITH four mouths to feed and one source of income, Cherie Fraser is not keen on paying another tax.

The Gillard government released its long-awaited carbon price package yesterday, announcing an initial $23 carbon price that will be paid by around 500 big polluters.

It will force up living costs by $9.90 a week, but nine out of 10 Australian households will be compensated through tax cuts or extra payments.

Cherie says she cares about the environment, but not as much as she cares about her children, Reece, 18, Emma, 6, and Adam, 5.

“Nine dollars does not sound like a lot to me and I’m a single mum,” Cherie said.

“But the big guys will put their prices up and we’ll feel it down the line.”

The stay-at-home mum said it might look good on paper, but the government did not understand how it would affect struggling families.

“It’s like robbing from the poor and giving to the environment,” Cherie said.

“Don’t get me wrong, I want to help the environment. But that’s the challenge – have they done their homework?”

The Government says more than half of the revenue raised under the policy will go to helping households meet price rises as an assistance package worth $14.9 billion over four years.

Electricity will rise by an average of about $3.30 a week, gas by $1.50 and food by about $1 a week.

But the Government says average assistance will equal $10.10 a week.

Two thirds of households will receive enough compensation to cover the entire average price impact.

More than four million households will receive assistance exceeding cost increases, leaving them better off.

About eight million will receive at least some assistance.

But about one million households will be left out.

The compensation will be delivered through personal income tax cuts and increases in pensions, allowances and family payments.

The Government says it will review the adequacy of assistance each year and will increase it further if necessary.



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