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Wednesday, 24 August 1994
Page: 162

  To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled.

  We the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully submit that:

  The 1993 Federal Budget announced by the Keating Labor Government to increase the excise on leaded fuel by 10 cents per litre.

is a selective, discriminatory tax on owners of older cars;

discriminates against poorer people and country people who own most of these older cars;

will make it more difficult for people to save to purchase newer, more fuel efficient, less-polluting vehicles;

is therefore counter-productive to reducing lead pollution in the air.

  Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the Senate will reject this increase in fuel excise and that the Senate will urge the Government to take initiatives to reduce the cost of manufacturing cars in Australia, thereby making new cars cheaper to buy.

  And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.