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Senator S. J. Collard P.0. Box 922,

Senator for Queensland ROCKHAMPTON. QLD. 4700

Deputy Leader of the National Party in the Senate Shadow Minister for Veterans1 Affairs

MEDIA RELEASE DATE OF ISSUE: 19 JUNE 1985

FUEL PRICE SCANDAL

DEPUTY LEADER OF THE NATIONAL PARTY IN THE SENATE , SENATOR STAN COLLARD, AND SHADOW MINISTER FOR ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS, MR ROGER SHIPTON, TODAY QUESTIONED THE HAWKE GOVERNMENT'S RECORD AND CREDIBILITY REGARDING PETROL PRICES. SPEAKING FROM THURSDAY

ISLAND, SENATOR COLLARD AND MR SHIPTON SAID THE HAWKE SOCIALIST GOVERNMENT'S BAD POLICY DECISIONS AND MISMANAGEMENT WERE STRANGLING ISOLATED AREAS OF QUEENSLAND BY MAKING TRANSPORT COSTS PROHIBITIVE.

"THE SURVIVAL OF THE ENORMOUS FISHING AND PRAWNING INDUSTRY IN NORTH QUEENSLAND WATERS HAS BEEN FURTHER JEOPARDISED BY THIS GOVERNMENT'S DELIBERATE ACTIONS. ECONOMIC MISMANAGEMENT HAS RAPIDLY DEVALUED THE AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR AND FORCED UP THE PRICE OF FUEL", SENATOR COLLARD SAID.

"HAWKE'S CONTEMPT FOR NON-METROPOLITAN PEOPLE IS NOW APPARENT WITH THE REMOVAL OF THE FREIGHT EQUALISATION SUBSIDY, RESULTING IN A PRICE HIKE OF FOUR CENTS PER LITRE", MR SHIPTON SAID.

THEY CONTINUED THAT THE FINAL CRIPPLING BLOW WOULD COME IF MR KEATING WENT AHEAD WITH PLANS FOR A 12.5 PER CENT ACROSS-THE- BOARD CONSUMPTION TAX. "THIS WOULD MEAN ANOTHER 7.5 CENTS PER LITRE ON ALREADY EXORBITANT FUEL PRICES. WITH PRICES IN NORTH QUEENSLAND NOW BETWEEN 65 AND 75 CENTS PER LITRE, ANY FURTHER

INCREASE WOULD IMPEDE THE ECONOMIC VIABILITY OF THE AREA." .

"HAWKE'S ELECTION PROMISE OF REDUCING FUEL PRICES BY THREE CENTS PER LITRE WAS OBVIOUSLY JUST ANOTHER ELECTION BRIBE. IT IS NO WONDER THAT LABOR MEMBERS FROM COUNTRY ELECTORATES ARE ONCE AGAIN DUCKING FOR COVER", SENATOR COLLARD AND MR SHIPTON CONCLUDED.

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