The Federal Government says it is too early to speculate how much the proposed carbon tax would increase household expenses, after Treasury documents revealed it may add almost $900 a year to bills.

Treasury documents released under Freedom of Information laws predict a carbon price would push up bills by $860 a year, or $16 per week, under a $30 per tonne carbon tax.

They show electricity prices would rise by $218.40 annually for the average household, gas by $114.40, petrol by $187.20 and food by $88.40.

The Australian Centre for Renewable Energy (ACRE) has released its Strategic Directions report setting out priorities for renewable energy technology development and recommends initiatives to support its development, commercialisation and large scale deployment.

Australia has the opportunity to play a leading role in international efforts to increase the deployment of renewable energy technologies and drive down their costs with its election to the Council of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

The National Water Commission has issued a landmark report urging Australian governments to overhaul the way urban water supplies are managed.

The Minister for Home Affairs and Justice Brendan O’Connor has launched new measures to help Commonwealth agencies prevent and combat fraud. 

The Australian Government has announced plans to develop a national strategy to guide the uptake of the National Broadband Network (NBN) with the aim of making Australia a world leading digital economy by 2020.

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