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Time for Costello to 'fess up.

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MEDIA RELEASE Joel Fitzgibbon MP Federal Member for Hunter Shadow Minister for Resources Electorate 45 Vincent Street PO Box 526 Cessnock NSW 2325 Ph: (02) 4991 1022 Fax: (02) 4991 2322 Parliament House RG 52 Canberra ACT 2600 Ph: (02) 6277 4404 Fax: (02) 6277 8479

18 September 2002


During Question Time today, I gave the Treasurer not one, but two opportunities to rule out putting an excise on LPG. He failed to do so on both occasions.

The Treasurer’s illogical muddle on the mechanics of the substitution of petrol for ethanol as compared to switching from petrol to LPG in no way clarifies the situation.

The fact that his own Fuel Tax Inquiry recommends an excise on LPG will add to the concerns of consumers of LPG.

The Treasurer must either rule out placing an excise on LPG or ‘fess up to the real motives behind his new tax on ethanol.

Contact: Joel Fitzgibbon 0418 293 372 or 62 77 4404