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Monday, 26 May 1997
Page: 3983

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled:

The petition of the undersigned citizens of the Commonwealth of Australia draws to the attention of the House of Representatives the extremely high Road Funding and Petrol Products Excise Tax imposed by the Commonwealth Government, which rose from 6.1 cents per litre in 1982 to 35.6 cents per litre, for leaded fuel, in 1995. In addition, the attention of the House of Representatives is drawn to the current tax of 34.18 cents per litre on diesel and that the percentage of excise tax utilised for road funding is now less than 10 per cent of that collected as compared to a maximum of 70 per cent in 1981-82.

Your petitioners therefore request the House urge the Government to reduce the tax on fuel in order that:

1. The cost of living of ordinary Australians is improved; and

2. Australia's overall international competitiveness is enhanced.