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%.



Southern Downs Anzac Day service times and road closures

Southern Downs Anzac Day service times and road closures

The region will stop on Wednesday to pay respect for Anzac Day

Warwick veteran heads back to the battleground

Warwick veteran heads back to the battleground

Next week Barry Kelly will return to Vietnam for the first time.

GREAT SNAPS: Warwick soldiers read local rag on battlefields

GREAT SNAPS: Warwick soldiers read local rag on battlefields

Newspapers give a little piece of home to soldiers

Local Partners