We deserve ‘fair’ fuel prices


MEMBER for Indi CathyMcGowan has vowed tokeep watch on the fuelinquiry announced lastweek by the AustralianCompetition and ConsumerCommission.
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Ms McGowan wrote tothe consumer watchdogin late December callingfor an investigation intothe petrol pricing behaviourof fuel outlets acrossIndi.

“This issue is now ontheir agenda and I hopethe report results insome strong recommendations,”she said.

The ACCC will conductthree in-depth investigationsthis year touncover the true cost ofproviding unleaded petrolto regional consumers.

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This will include quarterlyreports coveringfuel price movementsin all capital cities andabout 180 regional locations.

Ms McGowan said petrolprices across the Indielectorate had fallen butfair petrol pricing wasan important issue forregional Australians.

“It’s a matter of fairness,”she said.

Ovens Valley MP TimMcCurdy is pushing forthe ACCC to acknowledgeWangaratta andsurrounding towns inthe investigation.

Mr McCurdy has alsowritten to the ACCC torequest a review of petrolpricing in regionallocations.

“I am regularly travellingthroughout theregion and am able towitness the variations infuel myself,” he said.

“With the significantdrop in oil prices reflectedin metropolitan pricesit is unfortunate that Iam unable to say the OvensValley is seeing thesame price drop.”

The Nationals MP saidthe issue was a regionwideissue.

“Yarrawonga andWangaratta have beenhighlighted by constituentsas particularly expensive,”he said.

“It is not fair that citizenswith less access topublic transport are havingto pay more to getto and from daily activities.”

Mr McCurdy said areport released late lastweek by the ACCC confirmed the gap betweencity and country petrolprices was growing.

He noticed there werediscrepancies of between23 and 26 cents per litrebetween bowsers in Melbournecompared withYarrawonga and otherregional stations.

New powers issued tothe ACCC by the federalgovernment will allowthe consumerwatchdogto crack down on irregularprices with quarterlyrather than annual reportsand investigationsinto specific geographicmarkets.

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