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Power Bill Relief Central in Australia Budget, Treasurer Says

  • Chalmers speaks in interview with Sydney Morning Herald
  • Says government intervention has cut electricity price rises
Jim Chalmers

Jim Chalmers

Photographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg

Relief for rising power bills in Australia will feature prominently in the May budget, but the government will focus on trying to control inflation, Treasurer Jim Chalmers said.

“We’re still finalizing the budget, we know that relief for electricity bills will be a big part of it,” he said in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper. “We’ve got to make sure that in providing cost-of-living relief, we’re not adding to the inflation problem.”