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Who's telling the truth on FuelWatch - Minister Bowen or Graeme Samuel?



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Luke Hartsuyker MP

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

Media contact: Greg Pierce 0408 532 785

Media Release

April 16, 2008

Who’s telling the truth on FuelWatch - Minister Bowen or Graeme Samuel?

The Labor Government needs to spell out who is telling the truth on what the FuelWatch scheme will deliver for motorists, Shadow Minister for Business Development, Independent Contractors and Consumer Affairs, Luke Hartsuyker, said today.

Mr Hartsuyker said Assistant Treasurer Chris Bowen this morning contradicted comments by ACCC Commissioner Graeme Samuel and Petrol Commissioner Pat Walker on the benefits of FuelWatch.

“On ABC this morning Mr Bowen said that FuelWatch would lower fuel prices by two cents a litre.

“However, Mr Samuel also told the ABC this morning that FuelWatch was not designed to save motorists money.”

Mr Samuel was quoted on ABC as saying ‘FuelWatch is not a process whereby consumers might be able to shave one or 1.5 cents a litre off their fuel costs. It is far more important as giving them power to understand when and where they can buy their petrol at the cheapest price.’

“Kevin Rudd and Chris Bowen need to tell the Australian people who is telling the truth here. Is FuelWatch about lowering the price of fuel or simply about providing information on the cheapest prices available?

“Minister Bowen’s comments this morning also contradict comments made by the Petrol Commissioner Pat Walker who has claimed that a national FuelWatch scheme could save motorists five cents a litre.

“This clearly differs from the position of the Minister and Graeme Samuel.

“Adding to this confusion we have Kevin Rudd failing to guarantee that no motorist will be worse off under FuelWatch.”

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