Households in Chifley to receive assistance as we move towards a clean energy future

In an effort to tackle climate change, the Gillard Government will put a price on pollution and ensure that all money raised will be spent providing assistance to households, supporting jobs and building a clean energy future.

Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic said the Government is acting on climate change to put Australia in a strong position in the future for our children and grandchildren.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister announced that from 1 July next year around 500 of Australia’s biggest polluters will have to pay $23.00 per tonne of carbon pollution they emit to encourage them to reduce emissions and invest in cleaner energy.

Mr Husic said more than half of the revenue raised by the carbon tax will go to helping households make ends meet.

“I understand that some families in Chifley are finding it hard to make ends meet,” Mr Husic said.

“As Australia moves towards a clean energy future, the Government will look after those people most under financial pressure, like families on low incomes and pensioners in Chifley.”

“More than 53,000 people in Chifley will receive household assistance through payments and even more local people will benefit from tax cuts”.

“Nine out of 10 households across Australia will receive assistance through a combination of tax cuts, higher family payments and increases in pensions and benefits.”

Almost six million Australian households will get tax cuts or payment increases that cover the entire average price impact.

“On average, prices will rise by $9.90 per week for households but Labor has made sure they will get $10.10 per week in assistance.

“From day one of the carbon price on 1 July 2012, every taxpayer with income below $80,000 will receive a tax cut, with most getting at least $300 a year. 

These tax cuts will be permanent, and they will increase. On 1 July 2015, a second round of tax cuts will apply, increasing the benefit to at least $385 a year for most taxpayers earning under $80,000 compared to now.

“For the first time in this country’s history, Australia’s big polluters will have to pay for the pollution they create,” Mr Husic said.

“Every dollar raised will go to assisting households, supporting jobs, and investing in our clean energy future.”

Further information about the Gillard Labor Government’s plan for a clean energy future is available at 

The tax cuts will increase the tax free threshold from $6,000 to $18,200 on 1 July 2012, and to $19,400 on 1 July 2015. This will mean that over a million Australians will get more money in their pay packet and will no longer need to lodge a tax return.


People on pensions and other payments will annually receive:

  • $338 per year for single pensioners and eligible self-funded retirees, and up to $510 per year for pensioner or eligible self-funded retiree couples combined .

  • Up to $110 extra per child for a family that receives Family Tax Benefit Part A.

  • Up to $69 extra for families that receive Family Tax Benefit Part B.

  • Up to $218 extra per year for single income support recipients, $234 per year for single parents and up to $390 per year for couples combined for jobseekers and students.

A special Single Income Family Supplement of up to $300 will assist single income families with income between $68,000 and $150,000, recognising that, unlike dual income families, these single income families only get one tax cut.
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