Dominic Perrottet has admitted his family of nine is struggling with grocery prices amid Australia’s inflation crisis, even with his $416,000 salary.
The NSW premier was asked if he is also feeling the pinch of rising domestic costs during a televised debate with opposition leader Chris Minns on the Tuesday ahead of the March 25 New Wales election. from the south.
“There are always challenges,” he said. “Every family in NSW is struggling with the cost of living.”
When asked to provide details, Perrottet said her family is particularly struggling with the cost of the weekly grocery store.
‘Grocery bills. With seven children, I can tell you… It’s a challenge.’
Despite the great strain facing his family, Perrottet’s wife, Helen, revealed over the weekend that she would be “happy to have more” children.
Dominic Perrottet admitted that his family of nine is struggling with grocery prices amid a cost-of-living crisis, even with his whopping $416,000 salary.
With a large calf to feed already, there is no question that Perrotet’s supermarket bill is higher than most.
And yet, in an interview with Australian magazine The Weekend, Helen Perrottet said: ‘I’d love to have more.
“Being a lawyer is good, but having seven children is the best thing I’ve ever done.”
Meanwhile, Perrottet is also open to having more children and has admitted that he doesn’t understand the interest in his large family.
“We wanted to have a large family,” he said. ‘We love our children. We both grew up in large families and we know how great it is.
During the debate, Perrottet said he has a plan to reduce the cost of food for NSW families, but Minns argued that it’s simply not possible.
Minns noted that grocery bills are not the state’s responsibility and admitted that he has no plans to directly reduce the cost of food.
Nearly half of all households surveyed listed groceries as one of their three most stressful expenses (file image)
When asked to provide details, Perrottet said her family is particularly struggling with the cost of weekly shopping.
But Perrottet believes that his policies, if re-elected, would drive prices down.
He said he plans to address supply chain issues by promising to “get produce from port to plate quicker… which would put downward pressure on groceries.”
‘Absolutely, I can guarantee that it will be cheaper. One of the biggest costs for groceries are supply chain costs.’
The latest data indicates that Australian families are spending $1,924 more on their purchases compared to last year.
The average household now spends $185 a week on groceries, which was $37 more than in February 2022, according to comparison website Finder.
That figure equates to a 25 percent increase in grocery weekly, a total of $18.8 billion nationally.
Finder money expert Sarah Megginson recommended families stick to a shopping list, shop late at night and stock up on essentials when they’re on sale to save money (file image)
The survey also found that about 43 percent of households listed groceries as one of their three most stressful expenses.
The report also reveals that millennials are spending more than other generations. Their weekly spending is $197, compared to $149 for baby boomers, $187 for Gen X and $186 for Gen Z.
Finder money expert Sarah Megginson said households are facing “very difficult times” as rising food costs become a huge additional burden.
“Australians have to change how and where they shop just to keep food on the table,” he said.
Those living in Western Australia have seen the steepest rise in their weekly grocery bills, which have risen by more than a third, while NSW residents are coughing up more than any other state.