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Thursday, 11 October 1984
Page: 2104

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The petition of certain citizens of Tasmania shows:

1. Although Australia is endowed with vast quantities of natural gas, Tasmanians are denied reasonably priced access to those resources. It should be shared equally between all Australians.

2. The Tasmanian householder using liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) pays $35.40 for an average household cylinder. In Melbourne, the same cylinder can be purchased for as little as $23.77.

3. A Tasmanian family on reticulated gas supply pays double the price paid by a Melbourne family on natural gas.

4. Tasmanian commercial and industrial users, paying high prices for their gas, are penalized.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the Commonwealth Government gas subsidy of $20.31 per tonne should be increased to Tasmania to compensate for Bass Strait freight charges. The subsidy be raised so that Tasmanian users pay no more than the average of Australian users.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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