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In September 2022, the Senate established a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee on the Cost of Living. The Committee was appointed to inquire into and report on:

(a) the cost of living pressures facing Australians;

(b) the government’s fiscal policy response to the cost of living;

(c) ways to ease cost of living pressures through the tax and transfer system;

(d) measures to ease the cost of living through the provision of government services; and

(e) any other related matter.

This report summarises the evidence that has been presented to the Committee so far. It focuses on three themes that were identified as priority areas - namely energy prices, housing and food and groceries.

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