Cost of Living
“Australia is a country that is energy abundant and food rich, the idea that we would be squeezed on these essentials demonstrates the damage that has been caused through reckless and irresponsible governance.”
- Caroline White
We're all feeling the pinch
Inflation reached 6.1% in the June 2022 quarter, and Victorians are finding it difficult to pay for the high cost of necessities, such as housing, food and fuel. While national and international policies and issues contribute to the increased cost of living, our state government is also responsible. The state government contributes to higher costs and housing shortages through the implementation of taxes, fees and unnecessary bureaucratic regulations.
As a result of economic mismanagement, Victoria’s net debt has now reached $104 billion – around 20% of our state’s annual economic output – and is expected to reach $163 billion by 2024/2025.
If elected, I will work to rein in government overspending that contributes to higher prices. This will make it easier to do business, build homes and supply affordable energy. Since the price of energy is a key factor in the prices of all goods and services, I will promote the right mix of new and traditional energy sources to reduce prices and keep them down.
I’ll also fight against new taxes and advocate for reduced council rates.