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Wednesday, 18 August 1993
Page: 166


Senator FERGUSON —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

    (a)notes that:

    (i)in the Budget of 17 August 1993, the price of leaded fuel will rise by 10 cents a litre over the next 18 months,

    (ii)on 17 August 1993, South Australian people in regional and rural areas were already paying an average 76 cents a litre for both unleaded and leaded fuel, with people in at least one town in northern South Australia paying 87 cents a litre,

    (iii)from 18 August 1993, people in this northern town will pay 90 cents a litre for petrol and will be paying an incredible 97 cents a litre for leaded fuel from February 1995, and

    (iv)Australians living in regional and rural areas, particularly farming families, have either very limited or no access to public transport, cannot afford to update to newer cars which use unleaded fuel, and many trucks, utilities and farm engines use leaded fuel; and

    (b)condemns the Government for this measure which is a discriminatory tax grab affecting everyone who cannot afford a newer car and those who live in rural and regional Australia.