Cut fuel prices or be shamed
MOTORISTS should send a clear message to petrol retailers that higher-than-necessary fuel prices will not be tolerated.
One local businessman yesterday said diesel prices in Biloela were $1.33.9 compared to $1.46.9 in Rockhampton.
"Even Bouldercombe was 13 cents a litre cheaper than Rockhampton, just 15km away," he said.
Unleaded petrol was $1.30.9 in Biloela compared to $1.50-plus in Rockhampton.
Local Federal and State members of parliament, Michelle Landry and Bruce Young came out fighting against excessive fuel prices in Central Queensland, urging consumers to shop around and fight with their dollars.
Mr Young said the difference in fuel prices had become more evident with increased travel during the holiday season.
He said people should take photos of service stations with high fuel prices and send them into Ms Landry's office to be shown to the ACCC for investigation.
"The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) have indicated that they will undertake new reporting framework, which will be out in January," Mr Young said.
"Once the ACCC sets the framework for petrol pricing, my federal colleagues can then determine the action to take against service stations ripping off the consumers through unfair trading practices."
Ms Landry said competitive pressures alone were not sufficient to ensure efficient pricing and consumer protection in retail fuel markets.
"The ACCC has issued a new direction to monitor the prices, costs and profits relating to the supply of unleaded petrol products for the next three years," she said.
"Under the new approach, the ACCC will conduct at least four investigations a year into specific geographic markets, specific products or other issues of concern."
The new direction provides for the ACCC to produce more timely reports than its current annual fuel market review publication.