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Petrol Commissioner's resignation provides Kevin Rudd with the chance to abandon FuelWatch and make position redundant.



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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 31, 2008

Petrol Commissioner’s resignation provides Kevin Rudd with the chance to abandon FuelWatch and make position redundant

Today’s resignation of the Petrol Commissioner provides Kevin Rudd with the opportunity to abandon the planned Fuelwatch scheme and make the commissioner’s position redundant, Shadow Minister for Business Development, Independent Contractors and Consumer Affairs, Luke Hartsuyker, said today.

“Kevin Rudd’s appointment of a Petrol Commissioner has failed to deliver cheaper fuel for Australian motorists,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“Recent movements in fuel prices clearly show that the appointment was nothing more than a stunt which provided no real benefit for motorists

“Contrary to Government claims, the proposed implementation of FuelWatch has been criticised across the board from stakeholders inside and outside of the industry.

“The concerns expressed have include:

• Reduced competition • Driving independents out of business • The loss of Cheap Tuesday fuel discounting • The fining of service stations which lower their price during the day • Greater opportunity for price collusion • Increase in the cost of compliance

“The current Senate Inquiry has found few witnesses who will attest to the benefits of FuelWatch whilst there have been queues of organisations and individuals lining up to highlight flaws in the scheme.

“The way the Rudd Government has been handling the fuel issue has been typical Kevin Rudd - he wants to be seen to be doing something when in reality he is doing nothing.

“The Petrol Commissioner’s resignation provides Kevin Rudd with the chance to be fair dinkum with the Australian people and acknowledge he has made a mistake. He should abolish FuelWatch and make the Petrol Commissioner’s position redundant.

“If he chooses not to, then Mr Rudd should explain to the Australian people how much a Petrol Commissioner will save the Australian motorist at the bowser.”

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