Basket of groceries from IGA.
Basket of groceries from IGA. Allan Reinikka

CPI rose 1.4% in the September quarter

THE consumer price index jumped 1.4% in the September quarter, partly on the back of the carbon tax contribution to a 15.3% rise in electricity prices during the quarter, data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed on Wednesday.

The increase of 15.3% in electricity retail costs was lower than some estimates from state regulators, while the overall CPI rise compared with a rise of 0.5% in the June quarter.

Other significant rises during the quarter were accommodation, up 6.6%, vegetables, up 10.5%, and gas and other households' fuels, up 14.2%.

Major falls in household cost were found in automotive fuels, down 3.9%, motor vehicles, down 1%, and pharmaceutical products, down 2.6%.


Students learn life lessons through dance

Students learn life lessons through dance

Gatton school collects two awards at Wakakirri.

Tractors tackle 153km trek

Tractors tackle 153km trek

More than 60 drivers and their passengers took part.

Sick and tired after dust issues ramp up

Sick and tired after dust issues ramp up

He believes traffic in the area has cause the issues to ramp up.

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