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16 days to go: will the major parties have the courage to act on families' petrol pain.



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FAMILY FIRST

MEDIA RELEASE SF/233. Thursday November 8, 2007

16 DAYS TO GO … WILL THE MAJOR PARTIES HAVE THE COURAGE TO ACT ON FAMILIES' PETROL PAIN?

The major parties are ignoring families' petrol pain.

"The Prime Minister today admitted that oil and petrol prices are inflationary, but claimed he could do nothing about it,” Family First leader Steve Fielding said. "Of course he can, if he wants to.

"An astonishing 50 cents of the price of every litre of petrol is government taxes. Mr Howard and Mr Rudd can commit to cutting petrol tax if they want to. But they are drunk on petrol tax and just want the money.

"For more than two years Family First has been calling for a 10 cent a litre cut in petrol tax, which will help families as well as reduce the inflationary pressures of high petrol prices.

"The families suffering the most are those in the outer suburbs and regional areas, who depend on two cars and have little if no access to public transport.

"With crude oil prices reaching a record US$98 a barrel on the international market this week, families are in for a crude awakening if the Australian dollar falls back from its unusually high value against the US dollar.”

Australian families are now facing the triple whammy of high petrol prices, high interest rates and skyrocketing food prices.

“What a shame Mr Howard and Mr Rudd lack the ticker to cut petrol tax and really help families struggling to make ends meet,” Senator Fielding said.

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