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ACCC on right track with shopper docket discounts

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30th July, 2013.


The Nationals Senator for New South Wales John Williams says he is cautiously optimistic that substantial shopper docket petrol discounts may soon be a thing of the past.

Senator Williams said he is heartened by comments from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Chairman Rod Sims that he is concerned about the impact that shopper docket petrol discounts offered by Coles and Woolworths have on smaller, independent businesses.

He said Mr. Sims is correct in saying discounts have now reached up to 45 cents a litre in some areas, and this has an adverse effect on competition.

“I have raised this with the ACCC in Senate estimates.

All over the country smaller fuel outlets will tell you they are going out the door backwards because they are unable to compete with the escalating discounts.

It may be good for motorists in the short term, but when the competition is gone, watch the fuel prices creep up.

Mr. Sims is of the belief that if Coles and Woolworths want to offer customers a discount, it should be off supermarket products, not petrol.

I totally agree and look forward to the ACCC’s final report later this year”, Senator Williams said

Contact Greg Kachel on 0428 253 560