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The New South Wales Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal has authorised unprecedented increases in water tariffs of 40%, sewerage of 18% and electricity of 100%.  All of these within a four year period, 2008 to 2012.
A survey has found that one in five New South Wales households are unable to pay an electricity, gas or phone bill on time and seven in ten expect to have to make sacrifices to meet future bills:  J.Irvine, Struggle puts squeeze on bill payments (referring to a Wesley Mission Report), Sydney Morning Herald 31/10/2010 http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life/struggle-puts-squeeze-on-bill-payments-20101031-178xx.html [accessed 6 March 2012]