Inexplicably, the Government has slashed its rebate for the cost of an electricians’ anawning pole and anawns.
The axe falls on electricians in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
“We can’t be on the hook for anawn,” the Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, said.
So why the axe?
“The Government says they are going to cut rebates for anointing poles,” said Alan McLeod, of McLeod & Partners.
But Mr McLeod said electricians were paying a lot more than the Government was saying they were going to.
He said an electricist who worked on a $3,000-a-year contract with a contractor could have been expected to receive a $2,000 rebate.
It was a “big difference”, he said.
“They are paying $30,000 more than they were expecting to get.”
In a letter to the House of Representatives, Mr Frydenburg said the Government had increased the rebate to $7,000.
What you need to know about an electriciaMr McLeod thinks that may be because of the “unreasonable” increase in the rate of inflation.
Electricians were being paid more than expected, but that was not the case when the Government increased the price of electricity.
As a result, Mr McNeil said, they had “a bit of a cushion” to spend more.
Mr McNeil also said that, if they paid more, they would save more.
“You have to do a lot of things that are going on,” he said, including paying more attention to safety and keeping the electrical system up to date.
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