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More crushing evidence against Rudd's FuelWatch hoax.

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Luke Hartsuyker MP

Shadow Minister for Business Development, Independent Contractors and Consumer Affairs Federal Member for Cowper

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Media Release

July 21 2008

More crushing evidence against Rudd’s FuelWatch hoax

South Australian motorists are paying less for their fuel than Western Australians where a FuelWatch scheme already exists, a Senate Inquiry was told today.

Shadow Minister for Business Development, Independent Contractors and Consumer Affairs, Luke Hartsuyker, said an Adelaide hearing of the Senate’s inquiry into Kevin Rudd’s FuelWatch scheme had seen further important evidence presented.

Two representatives from the Royal Automobile Association of South Australia tabled evidence which said:

‘On all but two Tuesday’s this year, average unleaded petrol prices in Adelaide have been significantly lower than those prices available in Perth, where FuelWatch operates.

‘For the astute motorists filling up each Tuesday this represents an annual saving of $102.’

“These latest revelations refer to the discounting which occurs on ‘Cheap Tuesday’ and support what has been said by economists and other motoring organisations around the nation,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“There is now an ever increasing groundswell of evidence and opinion which is showing that Kevin Rudd’s FuelWatch plan will not lead to cheaper fuel but could in fact put upward pressure on prices.

“These very concerns were expressed by the Prime Minister’s own department, indeed by four departments within the government.

“This is crushing evidence which show’s Mr Rudd’s scheme is nothing more than a hoax.”

Mr Hartsuyker said today’s Adelaide hearing had also found fuel prices were higher in regional areas of Western Australian than similar sized areas of South Australia.

“The hearing was also told that a market information scheme for consumers could be provided for a fraction of the $20 million that the Rudd Government intends to waste.

“It is high time that Mr Rudd started to listen to his department, listen to the motoring groups around the nation and be honest with the Australian people.

“He must acknowledge that FuelWatch will not deliver cheaper fuel and could severely impact on price conscious motorists.” Ends