Day 42 of a broken promise

A tax on education too.

The Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) faces a 30 per cent increase in electricity for the month of July, well above the 9 per cent increase predicted by the Federal Government.

Headmaster Jonathan Hensman said Churchie had struggled to become energy-efficient, employing everything from external louvres to power factor connection mechanisms to stop power leakage. Now he estimates the school will have to find an extra $1400 a week to meet the cost of the carbon tax.

“Given what we have done it’s a bit disappointing,” he said.

He said that in the post-GST environment, passing on the cost to parents through higher fees was not an option.

Electricity broker Peter Phillips said several schools were reeling from the steep increases.

(HT: Julie)

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9 Responses to Day 42 of a broken promise

  1. Mundi

    Some institutions (schools must be one of them) get a huge discount on distribution costs.

    There was a story about a farmer near a power station who was getting a 40% increase because he basically didn’t pay any distribution.

    Other farms were wiped out by Anna Bligh in qld when she re-regulated power and removed the cheap 7c tarrif for growers, making them unviable instantly due to 200%+ increases in power prices.

  2. Watch the Independent and Catholic schools increasingly get slugged like this, while the State schools in marginal electorates get $$$$ stuffed in their pockets.

    Resist the Grunreich.

  3. Gab

    Future generations will look back at this era of madness and will wonder if the climatic alarmists, lefties, academia, warmy scientists and the Gillard government didn’t succumd to the hallucinatory effects of ergot poisoning.

    Then: Salem witch trials.
    Now: Gillard persecuting evil “carbin pallodahs”.

  4. SteveC

    As this looked like a beat up, I decided to check the claim. Churchie has 2,000 students, who pay $17,000 per year (senior day boys – boarders pay $35,000) in fees. An extra $70,000 divided by 2,000 is $35 each. So passing on $35 on top of fees of $17,000 (0.2%) is “not an option”? Bullshit!

  5. blogstrop

    So, it’s no biggie, SteveC?
    How’s that going to change behaviour and cool the planet?

  6. SteveC

    The school has plenty of options. They can just pass on what is a small increase, or they can use less power, or they could put in solar panels as many other places with large roofs have done. You can’t have it both ways blogstrop, either it’s a huge slug and “schools were reeling from the steep increases”, which would of course create a desirable impetus to change behaviour, or it’s a beat up. Either way it is a positive outcome.

  7. Blogstrop

    Either way it’s a $23/ton shot in the foot for everyone, and it will do nothing to change the problem you think exists. Not only is the price wrong, the reason it has been introduced is fallacious, and the floor price later is wrong too. It is an enormous fuck up that you are going to be held responsible for.
    When this country is weakened by misguided nonsense like you spout here daily, people are going to be quite unforgiving. I’d start to worry now if I were you, saboteur.

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