Lost discounts fuel petrol debate

COFFS Coast motorists will be denied the substantial fuel discounts currently being offered by some service stations if Kevin Rudd's FuelWatch scheme is introduced, according to Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker.

The Shadow Minister for Business Development, Independent Contractors and Consumer Affairs, said the response by Victorian motorists in recent days to 10 cents a litre discounts showed Australians will purchase their fuel at service stations which offer cheaper fuel. “This week we have seen hundreds of motorists lining up at service stations which are offering substantial discounts.

“Motorists will be denied the opportunity to purchase such discounted petrol under Kevin Rudd's fraudulent FuelWatch scheme.

“FuelWatch locks service stations in to one price for a 24 hour period. This prevents them from reducing their price during the day and offering petrol and diesel at a cheaper price.

“Australian motorists are clearly showing they want the opportunity to purchase cheaper fuel, whether it is a five cent cut in the excise or a discount offer by an individual service station.

Mr Hartsuyker said additional concerns about FuelWatch had recently been expressed by motoring groups. “The RACQ in Queensland and the RACV in Victoria recently repeated their doubts about FuelWatch claiming independent evidence revealed it would not reduce fuel prices.”

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