How the rising cost of living is squeezing budgets and changing lives across Australia

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Tambiko’s Driss and his daughter Grace sleep all year round in the tropical heat of the Northern Territory, next to large industrial fans to save on electricity.

The single dad now limits the days he uses the washing machine and has stopped cooking in the oven to keep bills down.

“Last night I didn’t go to bed, I sat up all night thinking how am I going to get through this fortnight,” he said.

A man wearing a sweater stands over a kitchen sink washing a cup.
Tambikos is now cutting back on using his oven to save on electricity. (ABC News: Michael Franchi)

Rising inflation is push up the cost of living across the countrywith warnings prices will get worse before they get better.

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