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Bligh follows Rudd on fuel deception.



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Mon, 2nd June 2008 BLIGH FOLLOWS RUDD ON FUEL DECEPTION

The Hon Peter Dutton MP Shadow Minister for Finance, Competition Policy and Deregulation

Dr Bruce Flegg MP Queensland Shadow Treasurer

Joint Release.

Shadow Minister for Finance, Competition Policy and Deregulation, the Hon Peter Dutton MP, today criticised Anna Bligh and the Queensland Labor Government for their new petrol policy.

''This is nothing more than a grab for revenue - it has nothing to do with providing a more efficient system - quite the opposite.

''Anna Bligh is introducing a new inefficient approach to petrol purchasing. Motorists will now have to swipe their driver's license every time they make a purchase.

''This will belt the stuffing out the tourist industry. Queensland is not only a wonderful place to live, but it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, especially for retired people or families who drive to Queensland, perhaps with a caravan in tow.

''If there is a saving to be made it should be passed back to motorists by increasing the 8.35 cents per litre subsidy.

''In addition, we face skyrocketing grocery prices, and this will simply add to those costs for families.

''This is a Kevin Rudd-style political stunt. Now Anna Bligh is playing clever and tricky politics''.

Queensland Shadow Treasurer, Dr Bruce Flegg MP, said that the proposal was an outrageous measure that will simply inconvenience motorists.

''This is unprecedented. For the first time ever motorists will have to produce ID to purchase petrol.

''The compliance costs for business, especially those independent operators, will be enormous. And the Bureaucracy needed to enforce this will be huge.

''It is pretty clear that this measure will do absolutely nothing to reduce the price of petrol for Queenslanders, when even the Government's own petrol inquiry Commissioner has said it will do nothing.

''The Queensland Government is not taking the needs of working families and small business into account. This measure will not help drive a successful economy in Queensland.''