Action on petrol prices welcome but belated

Tasmanian Labor
  • Labor has
    been calling for fuel cost action for years
  • Liberals have
    refused to act until now
  • It took a
    pandemic for the government to respond to unfair petrol pricing
  • Labor today cautiously
    welcomed the government’s long belated announcement of mandatory real-time fuel
    price reporting but called for more detail.

    Shadow
    Minister for Consumer Affairs Jen Butler said Labor has been calling for action
    on petrol prices for four years, to no avail.

    “Tasmanian
    motorists have been ripped off at the bowser for years,” Ms Butler said.

    “Labor
    began calling for greater transparency from petrol retailers four years ago
    and, as recently as two weeks ago, the government was refusing to act and simply
    urging motorists to shop around.

    “While
    it’s pleasing to see the Liberals finally taking Labor’s calls on board, they
    need to explain why it has taken so long.

    “Other
    jurisdictions have acted to reduce prices and the lack of government action in
    Tasmania has left motorists struggling needlessly even though global oil prices
    have plummeted.

    “To
    wait until the state was in the grip of a financially crippling global pandemic
    before acting is unacceptable and Tasmanians deserve an explanation.

    “The
    real-time price reporting scheme will help Tasmanian motorists see which
    service stations are ripping them off at the bowser and shop accordingly.

    “I
    would also urge the government to clarify whether the wholesale price of fuel
    per litre will also be made readily available to motorists so they can make a
    properly informed decision about where they shop.

    “Tasmanian
    motorists have been paying too much for their petrol for far too long.

    “The government must do everything it can to ensure petrol savings are being passed on to customers for the sake of all Tasmanian motorists.

    Jen Butler MP

    Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs

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