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Decipher: Energy Poverty in Australia

What is energy poverty?

For some disadvantaged households in Australia, paying gas and electricity bills means sacrificing other essentials such as food, medical care, and transport, and/or self-rationing their heating, hot water and electricity. Energy bills take up a larger percentage of the total pay-check for lower income households, even though they use less electricity and gas.

The reasons behind this are many and complex.

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