every power bill…$100 extra for carbon tax

This comment on Jonova tells the carbon tax story…it will cost everyone an extra $ 100 on every bill for power alone.


I know you all think that my mentioning the CO2 tax had a part to play in this Queensland election train smash is Tony drawing a long bow, but rumblings are that it indeed did play a part, no matter what Albanese (first cab off the rank) says.

Now I have firmer data, (NGER, and a couple of other references, I can ascertain more closely what it might actually cost at an individual level.

I have often quoted 30% as ballpark, and people have pooh poohed that, saying that it’s probably closer to 10 to 15% Max. Percentages are always a little vague, so let’s now than do an exercise that you all can actually participate in, and see what the specific cost to you might be at an individual level.

The actual cost to the power plants themselves is worked out by the amount they pay in the Tax, extrapolated across the power that they deliver for consumption.

That will be between 3 and 3.5 Cents per KiloWattHour, (KWH) depending on the mix in specific grids supplying Australia.

That is the wholesale price increase that they will directly pass on to consumers.

On top of that are the State controlled grids, the poles wires, sub stations etc etc. They also consume their own electricity in doing that, and that impact will be in the vicinity of 0.5 to 1 Cent per KWH.

On top of that are the providers themselves, who will add on their impact, and that will be around 1 cent per KWH.

So, now we have 5.5 cents per KWH increase.

Add on the GST to that new total, and there’s an extra cent.

Now we are looking at 6.5 cents per KWH.

Keep in mind that compensation is only being paid at the residential level, (38% of all consumption. There’s no compensation for Commerce (37%) and Industrial (24%) so they will have to foot the whole added extra themselves, basically a new tax on both small and big business.

Some may quibble that I have added on the extra for the ples and wires etc, and then the providers, and then the GST, and say that this of itself is not the CO2 tax, but if there was no CO2 tax in the first place, then there would be none of those added extras, so in effect, it is directly attributable to the CO2 tax.

Now, each of you take out your last bill. It details your consumption in KWH. Add on the extra and do the new calculation, and there is your personal CO2 Tax imposition, and with electricity currently at 21 cents per KWH, then it is in fact close to the 30% I have always quoted.

Now note that the Government is giving (some people) compensation, in the form of higher fortnightly pensions, or changes to the tax structure, paid in your weekly pay packet or however that comes.

That compensation is based around the original 3 cents per KWH which in effect will be around half the actual increase.

Now you tell me. Will those pensioners put their pittance of a fortnightly increase aside for the 13 weeks leading up to the next electricity bill, or the same for those people receiving tax cuts.

I doubt that will happen.

The new bill will come in with an extra $100 added to it, and pensioners especially will worry even further.

This is your usual tony scare scare scare, but this in fact is deadly serious.

This is not a tax on big polluters.

This is a direct tax on PEOPLE.

Labor will spin that this is nothing and things will change when the compensation kicks in.

Of course it will.

Then the minute the letter opener slices through the next electricity bill, things will change right back, only now with a vengeance, because people will see what it really does cost them at that personal level.

Around that time, Labor politicians phones will be running hot. Not from incoming aggrieved constituents, but outgoing as those politicians phone up the parliamentary super fund to see how much they will be getting.


For businesses, this increase will mean putting prices up, some considerably. Mine too, my selling prices will go up at least 25% as I do not intend to lose out because of this rotten Labor Government’s laws, stealing money from our pockets. They promised there would be no carbon tax…

Jonova’s original post on the Queensland election results: Those devastating Queensland Election Results: Voters hate lies and the Carbon Tax

About Tom Harley

Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. (Tom Harley) Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Incorporated Kimberley Environmental Horticulture (KEH) is a small group of committed individuals who promote the use of indigenous plants for the landscaping of parks and gardens. Rehabilitation of Kimberley coast, bushland and pastoral regions are also high on our agenda. This includes planting seedlings, weed control, damage from erosion or any other environmental matter that comes to our attention. We come from all walks of life, from Professionals and Trades oriented occupations, Pensioners and Students, Public Servants and the Unemployed. We have a community plant nursery where we trial many old and new species, with a view to incorporating these into our landscaping trials. Our labour force are mainly volunteers, but with considerable help from the 'work for the dole' program, Indigenous Community Development Employment Program (CDEP) groups and the Ministry of Justice, with their community work orders; in this way we manage to train many people in the horticultural skills needed for indigenous plant growing. We constantly undertake field trips that cover seed and plant collection in the Kimberley. Networking around the Kimberley region and the east Pilbara is a necessary part of promoting our activities. We consult on a range of Environmental and Landscaping matters that deal with our region. Our activities involve improving Broome's residential streetscapes by including 'waterwise' priciples in planting out nature strips. Sustainable environmental horticulture is practised by members of our group. We use existing vegetation as the backbone of any plantings, using these species to advantage when planning to develop tree forms or orchards. The Broome region is sensitive to development. Subsequently many weed species have become dominant in and around developed areas. The use and movement of heavy machinery is the biggest single cause of environmental degradation. We dont live in a 'Tropical Paradise' but on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert. The plants that survive best here, grow in well-drained pindan sand, and are found from the Dampier Peninsular southward to where average rainfall is below 600mm. When we use rainforest species, detail is important when planting, water catchment, sunlight and understorey species are all considered. The use of recycled 'grey' water is an advantage here as well as treated waste-water, although many local species do not fare well with nutrients from this source. We use waterwise planting methods which include harvesting asmuch rainwater as possible, with swales designed to hold up to 200 litres, to help recharge the local groundwater aquifer. There has been a serious decline in this aquifer over the last few years. With the fast expansion of the Broome peninsular, more and more land is being covered by concrete, iron and bitumen so that much less water is available to replenish the aquifer, allowing the salt content to become significantly higher. The small Broome Peninsular is on the south-western corner of the Dampier Peninsular (bound by Broome, Derby and Cape Leveque at the northern tip). Compaction by vehicles also inhibits water retention due to the content of our local pindan sand, hard as concrete in the dry, going to soft and sloppy mud after rain. None of us are botanists, inevitably we have got some names wrong, names changed, or have not gone to sub-species level. If you note a photo or description may be wrong, please e-mail to kimenvhort@yahoo.com.au
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One Response to every power bill…$100 extra for carbon tax

  1. TonyfromOz says:

    thanks for picking this up.
    That $100 extra is on a top of an existing electricity bill of $300, and believe me, that is less than the Australian average.
    It’s actually easier to work out on the KWH stated on each bill.
    Each bill quotes the KWH consumed during the current reading period and the next column quotes the Cents per KWH.
    Add 6 cents per KWH to the existing cost and then multiply by the KWH for your new post CO2Tax cost, and that is your individual rise.
    I’m willing to bet that most people who do this will feel those hairs on the back of their neck starting to prickle up as the horror sets in.
    Now think of everywhere you shop, Coles and Woolies especially, and the huge extra (uncompensated) increases to their electricity bills, and how they will be raising prices, ever so slightly mind you, but your overall ‘shop’ will cost more, and the Government is not compensating you for that.
    This is a creeping tax on everything you do in your everyday life.

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