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Ethanol blended fuel pumps needed at supermarket chain servos.

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MEDIA RELEASE Senator the Hon Sandy Macdonald Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence Deputy Leader of The Nationals in the Senate


Supermarket chain service stations must begin selling discounted ethanol blended fuel, NSW Nationals Senator Sandy Macdonald said today.

"It is time for supermarket chains to recognise the move towards ethanol fuel blends which has gained momentum over recent weeks," Senator Macdonald said.

"While the number of service stations selling ethanol blended fuels has tripled in the past year, we must encourage further growth in the number of ethanol-blend pumps across Australia," Senator Macdonald said.

"Increasing the use of ethanol in fuel will be of great benefit to the environment, creating a clean, green fuel alternative. The increased production of ethanol will also benefit the grains and sugar industries of Australia, creating a viable alternative market," he said.

"The Nationals in Government are fully committed to developing the ethanol and biofuels industry in Australia.

"We will work towards encouraging consumer confidence in ethanol blends and will also encourage the oil companies to work towards their agreed targets for increased production and distribution.

Senator Macdonald said ethanol blended fuel should be three to four cents cheaper than regular unleaded petrol, because of the excise exemptions which have been placed on ethanol by the Australian Government.

"I believe that motorists will be more likely to use ethanol if it was a more affordable alternative to ULP. Ethanol is good for our cars and good for our environment," he said.

“In the current climate with high petrol prices, I think consumers are prepared to look at regular fuel alternatives.

Ends….Monday 7 August 2006