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Rudd Government must accept motoring groups's offer and dump flawed FuelWatch scheme.



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Luke Hartsuyker MP

Shadow Minister for Business Development, Independent Contractors and Consumer Affairs Federal Member for Cowper

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Media Release

August 25, 2008

Rudd Government must accept motoring groups’ offer and dump flawed FuelWatch scheme

The Rudd Government should take the advice from major motoring organisations to dump FuelWatch and develop an alternative scheme, Shadow Minister for Business Development, Independent Contractors and Consumer Affairs, Luke Hartsuyker, said today.

Mr Hartsuyker was responding to a media release which has been distributed by the RACV on behalf of automobile organisations in South Australia, Queensland, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and Victoria.

The motoring organisations, which all oppose FuelWatch, have renewed their commitment to work with the government to develop a scheme which delivers competitive retail fuel prices and transparency.

“With Parliament resuming this week the Rudd Government needs to heed the call from these motoring groups and dump their flawed FuelWatch scheme.

“In recent weeks we have seen the Government become increasingly desperate on FuelWatch. This culminated with the Treasurer irresponsibly claiming that motorists could save $10 off a tank of fuel or 20 cents a litre. This claim has been labelled as misleading by motoring groups.

“Despite such misleading comments these motoring groups have extended an olive branch to the government by offering to work with them in order to deliver an option which expands the availability of real time pricing information.

“Motoring groups could assist to deliver a more effective scheme which provides the required transparency for motorists but at a fraction of the $20 million the government intends to spend on FuelWatch.

“A key part of the motoring group proposal would be to not penalise service stations for lowering their prices during the day. This element of FuelWatch has highlighted how ludicrous the Rudd Government’s proposal really is.

“Across the nation these motoring organisations represent more than 3.7 million motorists and they are constantly educating motorists on how to get the best price for their fuel.

“It would be the height of arrogance for the Rudd Government to turn their back on such credible organisations in an attempt to save their own political hide.”

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