Posted on 04. Aug, 2011 in News

Melbourne families are paying more for scores of common grocery items despite Premier Baillieu’s election pledge to keep the cost of grocery prices low, the Shadow Minister for Cost of Living, Lily D’Ambrosio, said today.

Ms D’Ambrosio said a Liberal Party newspaper advertisement during last year’s election campaign, stated a Coalition Government would keep “supermarket prices down”.

However, today’s ABS figures show Melbourne families are paying much more for everyday grocery items since the Baillieu Government was elected in November last year.

“Mr Baillieu has broken his promise to Melbourne families to keep the cost of groceries low,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

“The Average Retail Prices of Selected Items released by the ABS today show families are now paying more for scores of everyday household items.

“A 500g packet of sliced cheese cost 17.6 per cent more in June than in December. An 875g box of laundry detergent was up a whopping 18.1 per cent while lovers of a good lamb hot pot are paying almost 20 per cent more for 1kg of lamb forequarter chops.

“Dog owners have also been hit hard. A 420g can of pet food increased 16.9 per cent in the six months to June.

“A 1kg bag of tomatoes are also up 26.8 per cent.”

Ms D’Ambrosio said last week’s CPI figures also contained bad news for stretched family budgets.

“Last week’s CPI figures show Melbourne households are paying almost a quarter more for fruit than three months ago. Hospital and medical services and transport fares were also up,” she said.

“Mr Baillieu and his Treasurer Kim Wells must either reveal their plan for keeping grocery prices low or admit they misled Victorian families last October.”

Ms D’Ambrosio said this week’s bad news on grocery price increases followed July rises in a range of Baillieu Government fees and fines, including driver’s licenses, car registrations and speeding fines.

“Also, Mr Baillieu’s promise to implement all the Bushfire Royal Commission recommendations could see energy bills rise by as much as $740 every year for the next decade,” she said.

“Anyone who voted for the Baillieu Government on the back of its promise to bring down the cost of living has every right to feel betrayed.

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