Wednesday, January 24, 2024


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Amid the escalating cost-of-living crisis, Michelle Landry, the Federal Member for Capricornia, has launched an online survey aimed at gauging the extent of the challenges faced by residents in Capricornia.

Ms Landry said the statistics are a frightening reality to just how much it hasn’t been easy under Albanese.

“Before the election, Labor promised a $275 reduction in people’s power bills and that Australians would be “better off” under his leadership. However, under Anthony Albanese’s leadership, the current data on the costs of essential items presents a contrasting perspective,” Ms Landry said.

“In just 18 months, the price of food at the checkout has gone up by 9 per cent, electricity prices have increased a whopping 23 per cent and there have been no less than 12 interest rate rises. Labor’s economic policies are failing Capricornians and they’re paying the price.

“The purpose of the survey is for me to better understand how these increases are impacting my constituents and what changes they would like to see. These insights allow me to take this information down to Canberra and fight for better policies,” Ms Landry said.

The cost-of-living survey can be accessed online via Michelle Landry’s website,

Federal Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, addresses the pressing cost-of-living crisis, launching an online survey to gauge the challenges faced by Capricornia residents



Further highlighting the cost-of-living crisis, Michelle Landry has said that the federal government’s inaction is making it harder to send kids to school ready to learn.

She said that Australian families are scrambling to find money for uniforms, stationery and textbooks this January with the cost of education up 4.8 per cent since Labor was elected.


“On average, parents are spending $2,547 per primary school child per year, and $4,793 for each child in secondary school. School supplies, including textbooks, stationery and uniforms, are estimated to cost $684 per primary student and $1,132 per secondary student,” Ms Landry said.


“The cost of education has kept on rising since Labor came to government, at the same time as Australian households are being hit with higher energy bills, higher mortgage repayments, and higher grocery prices.


Ms Landry, said that local families are struggling to send the kids back to school.


“Many families in Capricornia have already had to make sacrifices like missing out on going to the movies or going out to dinner just to make ends meet. Now, we are hearing that parents have even said they may be forced to pull their kids out of extra-curricular activities because of the cost.


“Education is a basic right but under Labor’s cost of living crisis it is getting increasingly unaffordable, and that means that Aussie children are missing out.


“The Albanese Government must come up with a plan to tackle inflation or else Australians will be the ones paying the price for Labor’s bad decisions,” Ms Landry said.

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