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NRMA a lone voice in the FuelWatch inquiry.

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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 1, 2008

NRMA a lone voice in the FuelWatch inquiry

The NRMA has failed to produce any evidence which supports their claim that FuelWatch will deliver cheaper fuel for motorists, Shadow Minister for Business Development, Independent Contractors and Consumer Affairs, Luke Hartsuyker, said today.

At a hearing in Sydney as part of the Senate inquiry into FuelWatch, NRMA President Alan Evans was asked to produce evidence that FuelWatch would deliver cheaper fuel at the bowser.

“The evidence that Mr Evans nominated was anecdotal as a result of his search on the internet,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“When pressured to justify his claims, Mr Evans was throwing around figures which ranged from two cents a litre to 20 cents a litre. But nothing presented to the inquiry provided any credible evidence to support the NRMA position.”

Mr Hartsuyker said the NRMA was the only motoring organisation which claimed FuelWatch would deliver cheaper fuel for motorists.

“At hearings across Australia, motoring organisations such as the RACQ, the RACV and RAASA have all expressed concern about the negative impact of a FuelWatch scheme. Those concerns have been based on hard evidence and the fear is that FuelWatch could actually lead to higher prices.

“We have seen four government departments - including the Prime Minister and Cabinet - warn against introducing the scheme.

“We have also seen independent service stations claim FuelWatch is anti-competitive and the Law Council of Australia state that it could encourage price collusion.

“The reality is that FuelWatch will flatten the price cycle and lead to the elimination of ‘Cheap Tuesday’ when fuel is heavily discounted and the vast majority of motorists purchase their fuel.

“Price conscious Australian motorists will pay the price for Kevin Rudd’s hoax scheme.”