Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Usurious Origin

A fourteen percent increase in our electric bill Origin? Just not cricket. I can afford it but many can't. Is it too early to blame Premier Teddy? Well, he was a party member of the government who privatised our electric. No good has come from that at all. In fact quite the opposite.

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  1. It's amazing how much prices seem to rise when utilities and services are privatised 'for our own good'!! Weird, huh?!

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  2. Same thing happened here. The only 'own good' seemed to be for the shareholders. Certainly not the consumers. It was a all a big fat lie.

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  3. I live in NSW. 'Nuff said.

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  4. is Origin Singapore owned ?

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  5. It is called efficiency Red. Everything must be more efficient. The meaning of efficient must have changed since I learnt the definition.

    KN, sold a pup is another phrase to describe it. Except apart from voting a government out, we weren't asked and therefore had no say. Btw, when checking on our company Origin, they own 52% of your Contact Energy.

    Julie, what a nightmare Keneally has gotten you into. Finally tonight I heard the reason why. So she can pork barrel with the proceeds and not leave it for the opposition to distribute. We could call that the Jeff Kennett lesson.

    I thought so Emstacks, but it seems not. It arose after a Boral demerger. S'pore gov owns our coal generation I think. More precisely the S'pore gov. Haha, our gov sold our generation to the S'pore gov. I would laugh if I wasn't crying.

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  6. I know my Nan and others in the retirement village won't put the heating or cooling on til they really have to, coz they're on pensions. They even get a discount. Poor buggers.

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  7. Fen, so far as environmental damage and paying for the environmental impact of what you use or pollute, I am all for user pays. I am not for us paying money to private companies for profit for what are essential services. I am not for making services too expensive for the less well off in our society. My mother is worried sick about the electricity hike. Australia is becoming a very unfair country at the behest of these private companies.

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  8. Anonymous5:27 am

    Hubby walks over to me as I sat outside in teh Sun.. he had a crazy look on his face as he said " We just got our gas bill". I was like.. Oh noo.. and then, I look at it, we are 400 dollars in front! Of course, we just pay in advance straight from our wages. We call them to say could we please change it to pay less on teh gas and more on teh electric light bill.. and they try to give us money back. Ha, crazy, no way, they can leep it there.
    We are with RED. For paying in advamce we get a discount of 10% on the light bill, and 5% on the gas.. and then some more for some other reason.. Hubby deals with this stuff and he used his Dutch-ness to wiggle out a few more savings. Usually I would be embarrased when he does this at the shops for some cash sale.. but not when it is to do with saving on bills.. and of course, that was over the phone.
    My patients, mostly elderly, are worried sick at how they will survive these hikes in bill/ daily living costs. They ought not have to worry at their ages, adn in their retirement. It sucks!
    Cazzie

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  9. Paying bills like that Cazzie is a great idea. It is funny how some of us get embarrassed at bargaining. I am one who does. There does need to be compensation for the less well off.

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  10. Can anyone think of anything at all that a Government has sold off with the assurance that privatisation will result in greater competition and lower prices for the consumer where that has actually been achieved?

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  11. Victor, don't ask stupid questions that you already know the answer to.

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