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AAA survey shows pain continues for country motorists.

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AAA Survey Shows Pain Continues For Country Motorists Joel Fitzgibbon - Shadow Minister for Small Business and Tourism

Media Statement - 19 February 2001

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The Australian Automobile Association's latest petrol price survey shows that country motorists continue to wear the brunt of the Howard Government's petrol policy failures, according to Shadow Minister for Small Business and Tourism, Joel Fitzgibbon.

"The survey released today shows that while John Howard continues to enjoy a GST-induced petrol tax windfall, the city/country petrol price gap is higher than it was prior to the introduction of the GST", Mr Fitzgibbon said.

"The gap in Western Australia and Queensland during January was 12.8% and 8.9% respectively - no wonder the voters of those states turned so aggressively on the Coalition.

"The Howard Government must adopt a four-point plan to provide petrol tax relief to motorists:

return the tax windfall associated with the GST-induced February excise rise ● ensure the Fuel Sales Grant Scheme is being passed on to motorists ● amend the Franchise Act to restrict the practice of multi-site franchising; and, ● adopt the Fair Prices and Better Access for All (Petroleum) Bill (Fitzgibbon Bill) which will

provide service station operators with the right to shop around for their fuel supplies. ●

"The latest AAA survey shows that motorists - particularly country motorists - will continue to suffer while ever John Howard stubbornly refuses to act", Mr Fitzgibbon said.

Authorised by Geoff Walsh, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.