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ACCC warns of carbon tax price gouging

Jaclyn Densley /

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has already come across businesses using the imminent introduction of the carbon tax to price gouge consumers.

ACCC chairman Rod Sims told ABC Radio this morning there have been claims electricity prices would increase by extremely large amounts because of the carbon tax.

He said the aim was to encourage people to buy alternative energy based on wrong information

Some businesses such as petrol stations were telling customers fuel prices had gone up because of the carbon tax – even though it doesn’t start until July 1.

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