It is not fair for people to be paying such wildly varied prices for the same level of gas consumption – equity must be central to any market intervention

The treasurer, Jim Chalmers, is set to intervene in the gas market to push down high bills, likely through capping wholesale gas prices and also the price of coal.

Various regulators and energy bodies will be providing advice about the best measures to take. But governments also needs to listen to those that are doing it tough paying their energy bills.

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