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Monday, 26 March 2001
Page: 25553

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament:

The petition of certain citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House the extremely high price of petrol and other fuels and the increase in the amount of tax on fuel due to:

. The Government's failure to keep its promise that the price of petrol and other fuels would not rise as a result of the new tax system, by reducing the excise by the full amount of the GST;

. The fuel indexation increases on 1 August 2000 and 1 February 2001, which will be significantly higher than usual because of the inflationary impact of the GST; and

. The charging of the GST on the fuel excise, making it a tax-on-a-tax.

Your petitioners therefore request the House to:

. Hold the Government to its promise that its policies would not increase the price of petrol and other fuel;

. Support a full Senate inquiry into the taxation and pricing of petrol;

. Consider the best way to return the fuel tax windfall to Australian motorists.

by Mr Bevis (from 119 citizens) and
by Ms Hall (from 35 citizens).