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Thursday, 26 June 2003
Page: 17851


Mr Fitzgibbon asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 26 May 2003:

(1) Did the Treasurer reject Treback Inquiry's recommendation to place an excise on gas transport fuels.

(2) Did he say in a media release dated 14 May 2002: “The proposal to tax all fuels based on their relative energy content would impose tax on previously unexcised fuels such as ethanol and LPG. This would have implications for the LPG retail fuel industry and LPG conversion businesses, and is also contrary to the Government's election commitment to maintain excise exemptions for fuel ethanol and biodiesel. For these reasons the Government will not be implementing this recommendation.”.

(3) Is this still his view and what mechanisms will he put in place to ensure that the recent Budget decision to tax LPG will not have adverse implications for the LPG retail fuel industry.


Mr Costello (Treasurer) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Refer to my media release of 14 May 2002 titled `Report of the Fuel Taxation Inquiry.

(2) Refer to my media release of 14 May 2002 titled `Report of the Fuel Taxation Inquiry'.

(3) Refer to my media release of 13 May 2003 titled `Fuel Tax Reform for the Future'.