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Tuesday, 9 October 1973
Page: 1718

To the Honourable Speaker and members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled, the humble Petitioners of Queanbeyan being Service Station Proprietors, respectfully showeth:

1.   That petrol prices have been fixed by the Government in Canberra without regard to the situation so far as retail petrol prices are concerned in Queanbeyan.

2.   That such fixing of petrol prices within

Canberra by the Government has meant that petrol retailers in Queanbeyan cannot compete on just and equal terms with Canberra retailers.

3.   This has directly resulted in loss of income and hardship to Queanbeyan petrol retailers notwith standing the fact that both Queanbeyan and Canberra petrol retailers are all supplied from the same bulk depots.

4.   That it is erroneous and impractical for the Government to say that the correction of this discrimination within and distortion of the market is a matter for the wholesale petrol suppliers to rectify.

5.   Correction of the distortion must be undertaken by the Government as it has directly resulted from the Government's intervention into the free market and ought reasonably to have been foreseen by the Government.

Your petitionerstherefore humbly pray that the Government take urgent steps to remove the distortion from the market so as to enable Queanbeyan petrol retailers to compete on just and equal terms with Canberra petrol retailers.

And your Petitioners as in duty will ever pray. by Mr Whan.

Petition received.

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