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Issued: 14 March 2006

Senator Trish Crossin says the Access Economics report* into the costs of petrol sniffing in Central Australia should be the trigger for the Federal Government to fund a full roll out of Opal fuel there.

“In clear terms the Federal Government should understand the report shows the financial benefits the full roll out would bring - a net saving of $27 million dollars a year in health costs and the financial impact on communities ravaged by petrol sniffing.” Senator Crossin said

“For the first time a clear hard headed financial case has been put for the roll out of Opal.

“I can’t see how the federal government can fail to take note of this report and act now.

“The evidence given by stakeholders in Central Australia to the Senate inquiry into petrol sniffing was consistent in that all believed the roll out of Opal fuel in Central Australia was essential to support other initiatives to combat petrol sniffing.

“The Alice Springs Town Council and others clearly believed that Opal needed to be the standard fuel available in Alice Springs, the highway roadhouses and in communities for the Opal scheme to be effective.

“This report gives an economic case for that claim.

“I congratulate the organisations in the Opal Alliance, the General Property Trust, the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women's Council and Central Australian Youth Link-Up Service for commissioning this ground breaking study.

“The ball is clearly now in the Federal Government’s court to act” Senator Crossin said.

*For the Access Economics report & Opal Alliance media release click here