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N E W S • F? E L E A S E

3 March 1993,

FISCHER GETS MESSAGE FROM LPG ASSOCIATION

The Federal Minister for Resources, Mr Alan Griffiths said today he hoped the Leader of the National Party Mr Tim Fischer had at last got the message that the Coalition's GST policies will cause a dramatic decline in the LPG industry.

Mr Griffiths was commenting on points made by speakers at the Australian LPG Association's annual conference in Canberra, attended by Mr Fischer.

"Key industry speakers said that under the Coalition's tax policies, the automotive industry would go into rapid decline. Motorists in NSW who converted to LPG would need to drive nearly 200,000 km to get their money back."

"In Western Australia, the figure would be over 400,000 km, making conversion to LPG completely unviable" Mr Griffiths said.

"The industry has made it clear that Labor policy works.

"Under Labor's policy of , keeping LPG free of tax, its use has grown to the point where 10 per cent of fuel used in Australia's cities is LPG.` This makes a key contribution to improving Australia's air quality and keeping smog levels

down," Mr Griffiths said.

"The industry has now made it abundantly clear that under a Coalition they would need immediate assistance if their industry is not to go into rapid decline."

"Mr Fischer has said he'll study the problem if he wins office, and then think about what he can do for an industry he admits is a big plus for our environment, and our balance of payments.

Mr Griffiths said "The industry doesn't need another study-- its benefits are well documented."

"Its clear that Mr Fischer simply doesn't have any answers. Perhaps his mind is on other things, such as the Sinclair threat to his leadership.

"I now call on him to show leadership and courage and abandon his policies which will destroy this valuable energy industry," Mr Griffiths concluded.

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